Having spent 10 years working in the film industry, Tom returned to the family farm, a predominantly arable holding in Cambridgeshire, focusing on combinable crops, as well as fattening sheep on grass. He has continued in the footsteps of his forbears carefully stewarding the environment and moving toward a ‘no till lite’ version of conservation farming. Often heard to say “I‘m not here to make up the numbers”, Tom is passionate about sharing what happens ‘behind the farm gate’, which has led him to become involved in the CLA, NFU, and LEAF, as well as writing monthly in local publications and hosting a well-supported presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as ‘Farmer Tom’.
In 2017 he launched ‘Farmer Time’ (formerly called ‘FaceTime a Farmer’) which pairs farmers with school classes; currently over 20,000 school children video call to their paired farmer every fortnight to link curriculum learning with life on the farm, and the project also runs across Scandinavia, Australia, and is expanding around the world!
Tom is a confident speaker, addressing groups across the UK and around the world. He is Chairman of the East of England Farming Conference, and recently appeared on television as one of the farmers featured on “Born Mucky” on the Discovery Network giving viewers an insight in to the highlights and hardships of life on the farm.
Outside farming Tom has a range of passions including counselling, church, a recently established orchard, and exploring the British Isles with his wife, Lisa.
Exploration of LEAF’s 30 year journey developing, and demonstrating Integrated Farm Management. Moving towards and beyond sustainable farming.