The Farmer's Life - Severine von Tscharner-Fleming (Greenhorns, New York) and Alice Holden (Dagenham Farm, London) and Paddy Frankel (Kilbrack Farm, Cork)
The panel of young farmers for this discussion are committed to producing delicious sustainable and health giving food. What is the reality of their existence? How difficult is it for them to achieve their goals in an era of commercial food production? You can expect a passionate discourse and strong opinions combined with a knowledge of the day-to-day reality of getting dirty in the fields.
Alice Holden completed a degree in social anthropology in 2003 Alice was unsure of her career path. Following a summer working at Blaencamel organic farm and a stint at Ballymaloe cookery school Alice realised that at the right scale, organic farming could involve all the attributes of community engagement and environmental stewardship she was interested in.
In 2006 Alice undertook the pilot of a Soil Association Farming apprenticeship at Coleshill Organics. In 2012 after a decade of working on many rural farms she moved to London, taking on the challenge of turning a dis-used ex council nursery site, into a productive urban organic farm. She continues to work as Head grower at Dagenham farm for Growing Communities, an organisation thats wider remit works to run a community lead trade model, enabling sustainable farmers to feed urban populations.
Alice is also the author of Do Grow, a book written with the aim of encouraging more beginners to have a go at growing their own veg, even if on a very small scale.
Severine Von Tscharner-Fleming is the executive director of Greenhorns, she has been an organizer and cultural worker within the young farmer movement for almost 10 years, proud co-founder of National Young Farmers coalition, FarmHack and Agrarian Trust, a part-time farmer, and board member of the Schumacher Center for New Economics.
Her work has spanned many media to celebrate, bundle and broadcast the voices and life-ways of young agrarians from films, radio, blog gossip, guidebooks, an anthology, 3 new farmers almanacs, to a mix tape and vinyl record! This trans-media work is designed to connect individuals within the broader community of action, helping to orient the work on the land, career, stamina and interpretation of place-based possibilities.
The mission of the Greenhorns is to promote, recruit and support the rising generation in organic agriculture. Greenhorns is based on Lake Champlain in Westport, New York, a 360 mile sail-boat ride from NYC.
Paddy Frankel was born and raised on a mixed farm in Doneraile, Co. Cork.
He studied science at Trinity and completed a masters in Zoology in 2005. Following this he took 6 months out and cycled 14,500km from Dublin to Capetown. On returning he studied commercial organic horticulture with Jim Cronin in Killaloe. On his farm in Doneraile, Co. Cork, he began producing organic meat, fruit and vegetables for sale to in the Coal Quay Market and also supplied restaurants in Cork City. The farm now has 6 acres of horticulture, a 4 acre orchard, beef cattle, sheep and geese. His aim is to diversify the farm activities on a small scale to explore what systems work best, spread the risks and expand the product range.
Date: Saturday 20th May
Venue:The Carriguan Room