FarmED’s first film night on 28th March, a screening of acclaimed feature documentary 2040, looking at the effects of climate change over the next 20 years and solutions, such as regenerative farming, will be followed with a panel discussion about the issues raised in the film. It will be chaired by radio and television presenter, Sybil Ruscoe, who regularly presents BBC Farming Today. Sybil will be joined by award-winning food writer Kathy Slack, Tim Field from Daylesford and Agricology, and Ian Wilkinson, Founder of FarmED.
Broadcaster and journalist Sybil Ruscoe presents BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and On Your Farm and was part of C4 Cricket’s RTS and BAFTA award-winning team. For five years Sybil presented Ruscoe & Co, the afternoon show on BBC 5 Live, where she interviewed thousands of people from sport, entertainment and politics. Before 5 Live, Sybil worked on Radio 1, where she and Simon Mayo won the Royal Variety Club’s Radio Personality of the Year Award. She even fronted the legendary Top of the Pops and Radio 1 Roadshows.
Kathy quit her job as a brand strategist in London twelve years ago and retrained as a cook, working at Daylesford before concentrating on her own business, Gluts & Gluttony. She teaches cookery classes at Borough Market and at various festivals and writes for publications including The Independent. Last year she was awarded the Young British Foodie award for vegetables and named the Soil Association BOOM Awards Best Blogger. She was also shortlisted in the Guild of Food Writers Awards for Best Social Media.
After an Environmental & Behavioural Biology degree at St Andrews Tim worked as an environmental consultant for Royal Haskoning before joining Daylesford in 2007. His work at Daylesford has enabled him to pursue his interest in farming and sustainable food production. He advises on matters of sustainability across the Daylesford Organic brand and sits on the Board for the Daylesford Foundation. Maintaining biodiversity has been the primary motivation for his involvement with agriculture. Tim’s most memorable achievement at Daylesford was creating the wilderness wetland and he is heavily involved in Slow Food Cotswold.
A passion for diverse farming has driven Ian Wilkinson's career. He studied farm and grassland management at Berkshire College of Agriculture and 35 years ago he joined Cotswold Seeds, a family business based in Moreton-in-Marsh, becoming MD in 1998. Increasingly, the company acts as a bridge between farmers and the scientific community, sharing knowledge and expertise to improve soil health, animal health and ultimately human health, through the food chain. Ian’s enthusiasm and expertise in this area has resulted in him being in high demand to give presentations at events, and address a variety of individuals and groups, from the Oxford Real Farming Conference to organisations such as the National Trust. It was always part of Ian’s vision to have a farm centre to provide a platform for deeper debate and discussion.
Throughout the screening and panel discussion refreshments will be provided by Oxfork founder & chef Chloe Horner. Chloe's menu will be a creative ensemble highlighting the best the season has to offer, with produce sourced hyper-locally from Oxfordshire’s best loved - from the field and the larder.
Please go to our event page at www.farm-ed.co.uk/whats-on to book.