A native Londoner, Harriet has been taking the “learn by doing” approach to agriculture for about the last decade, having transitioned from campaign coordinator for 10:10, a national climate change campaign focussed on carbon reduction, to work on an organic beef farm in Devon. Whilst at the Dartington Hall Trust, Harriet learnt from and worked alongside the farm tenants in establishing a diverse portfolio of agroforestry initiatives across the estate. In particular the Broadlears silvo-arable system, which brought together 5 businesses in an innovative land share agreement, and a field trial to find the tree guard which can withstand goats.
Currently to be found endeavouring to coordinate the Dartmoor National Park ELM Test & Trial. The question she’d most like an answer to is what are the landscape changes we can make now, on a sound commercial basis, that deliver a resilient, ecologically rich, healthy food producing landscape under 2080 climate scenarios and beyond.
Planting trees into farming systems is bring immense benefits to farm businesses and the natural world alike. But with technical advice and support only just starting to become mainstream, many of the early adopters have had to go it alone relying on trial and error to see them through. Many with success stories but also […]