Andy Cato is a mixed arable and livestock farmer and co-founder of Wildfarmed. He is the first Englishman to be awarded the Chevalier L’Order Merit de Agricole – the equivalent of a knighthood for services to agriculture. Andy’s unique Wildfarmed method brings the concept of rewilding to farming, combining the best of nature with modern technology to create thriving ecosystems and diverse, healthy soils. His original 100Ha farm in Gascony, where his farming journey began, was recognised as the most innovative farm in France when awarded the prestigious Lauréat National de l’Agro-Ecologie 2020. Now back on British soil, Andy is on a mission to take what he’s learned and help other farmers adopt his Wildfarmed system so they can produce wheat that is not only more tasty and nutritious, but that eats up huge quantities of CO2 and restores biodiversity.
The National Trust recently awarded Andy a rare 20 year tenure of a 295Ha organic farm in Oxfordshire which will become the home of Wildfarmed.