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Graham Harvey

Saving the British Countryside and Our Health

Graham Harvey, Jake Fiennes and Sarah Langford

Saturday, 25 March 2023

6:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Journalist Graham Harvey, conservationist Jake Fiennes and former barrister and returning farmer Sarah Langford discuss their recent books on farming and their common themes of the challenges facing farming communities and of reconnecting with the land and nature.

Harvey has written on farming for Farmers’ Weekly, Country Life and national newspapers and is a scriptwriter and agricultural consultant for The Archers. In Grass-Fed Nation: Getting Back the Food we Deserve, he argues that modern agriculture has locked us into an unhealthy circle and impoverished landscapes. He says there is a simple remedy in the grass-fed movement that promotes meat, dairy food and eggs from animals grazing on open pasture.

Fiennes is conservation manager at the historic Holkham country estate in Norfolk and an advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Farmers Union, the Prince of Wales, the National Trust, the RSPB and Natural England. In Land Healer: How Farming Can Save Britain’s Countryside, he describes how radical habitat restoration and agricultural work has nurtured species and risen crop yields at Holkham. He argues that we can bring back flora and fauna by reclaiming traditions and by trialling new experiments.

Langford’s Rooted: Stories of Life, Land and a Farming Revolution explains how she left her life as a city barrister and returned to her family roots in farming by joining her husband to manage his small family farm in Suffolk. She describes a farming community beleaguered by climate change, Brexit, falling incomes and charges of ecological mismanagement and discovers a new generation of farmers on a path of regenerative change.

Discussions will be chaired by the chief executive of the Soil Association, Helen Browning, who runs a mixed organic farm in Wiltshire and sells her products through the Helen Browning Organic brand. She is also author of PIG: Tales from an Organic Farm.

This event is part of a series under the banner Pasture to Plate® that looks at the environmental and health benefits of raising food on pasture and getting it to the consumer quickly through a short supply chain.

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The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Royal Academy of Arts Project People Institute of Hospitality Foodbuy Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme TORVA Books which change you, your mind, your world Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Compassion in World Farming Pasture to Plate Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Critchleys Accountants to the festival CAV Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ox in a Box OX magazine Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland The Nwelue Trust Abibiman Publishing Flip through Flanders Republic of Panama Event generously supported by Republic of Panama Spanish Embassy Event generously supported by the Spanish Embassy