This page is a living CV for my work in the field of agroecology. Last updated: July 2019

Education and Training

MSc Applied Agroecology

The MSc Applied Agroecology is an action-learning degree focused on the application of agroecological knowledge, science, practices and politics to real-world projects.

I completed the master’s degree part-time with Gaia University, a pioneering institution dedicated to ecological and social design. My research focused on how we can accelerate the speed and scale of a transition to agroecological practices around the world, with a strong focus on Western Europe. Key thematic areas of study included the socioeconomic relationships of agroecology, alternative economics, agroecosystem design, soil care, agroforestry, repression, collective models of food production, anarchism and global political movements, animal agriculture and speciesism and the role of education and critical pedagogy. You can see my complete online profile here: http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/user/view.php?id=151

BSc Integrative Ecosocial Design

I studied for this degree with Gaia University, who are leaders in the field of ecological design. It also included acceptance of prior learning of my environmental science modules with the Open University. This action-learning degree was focused on developing my ecological and social design competencies, with critical thematic explorations of food sovereignty, small-scale agriculture, permaculture design, anti-oppression design frameworks, sustainable organising and more. I completed a number of real-world design projects that are integrated into my portfolio. See the full portfolio here: http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/user/view.php?id=151

Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design

I completed the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design over a period of three years during which I completed ten design projects. Each project is designed to demonstrate your ability to apply permaculture ethics and principles and show your competence at using a range of design methods, tools and skills. My ten projects included a comprehensive design for the farm where I live, five consultancy projects including a design for an animal sanctuary, as well as a course and campaign design.

Short Courses

• Harvesting from the Medicinal Forest Garden, Holtwood Herbs, Devon, May 2019
• Practical Ethnobotany course 2-3 day courses, Sussex, June, May, April 2018
• Practical Herbal Medicine Making, Somerset, April 2018
• Improving Soil Health with Niels Corfield, Somerset, February 2018
• Plant Nursery Design Course, Somerset, February 2018
• Polytunnel Course, Somerset, May 2017
• Plant Identification, Somerset, July 2016
• Pond Design and Construction, Somerset, July 2016
• Mushroom Cultivation and Identification, 3-day course, November 2015
• Food Sovereignty, 3-day course, October 2015
• Chromatography Workshop with Jairo Restrepo, Gloucestershire, July 2015
• Keyline Design Course with Own Hablutzel, 3-day course, Somerset, June 2015
• Agroecology, 5 day Course with Miguel Altieri and Clara Nicholls, Devon, 2015
• Sustainable Woodland Management with Ben Law, 5 day Course, Sussex, 2013
• Communities Buying Land with Community Land Advisory Service, Bristol, November 2013
• Regenerative Agriculture with Darren Doherty, 7-day course, Sussex, 2012
• Ecological sewage treatment and rainwater harvesting, 3-day course, Centre for Alternative Technology, 2012
• How to Start a Food Co-operative or buying group in your community, Dorset, May 201
• Living Willow, Musgrove Willows, April 2011
• Apple tree grafting, Karuna, Shropshire, March 2011
• Studies with the Open University, Milton Keynes including Environmental science and Environmental studies, 2009 – 2011
• Certificate in Horticulture, ACS Education, 2009-2010
• Permaculture Design Certificate includes. 200 hours ‘Permaculture systems’ and ‘Advanced Permaculture’ modules, ACS Education, 2009-2010, Tutor: Martin Powdrill
• Certificate of Herbal Studies, 2009, accredited by British Herbal Medicine Association, distinction
• Advanced Diploma in Herbalism, 2009, School of Natural Health Sciences

Soil Food Web

From February 2018 – February 2019 I completed the four online classes with the Environment Celebration Institute. The courses are produced by Dr Carole Ann Rollins and Dr Elaine Ingham, pioneers in developing a practical understanding of the soil food web and the transformative results for agricultural systems worldwide.

My transcripts for the classes include:

• Life in the Soil Class, 95.13%, with Distinction
• Compost Class, 92.47%, with Distinction
• Compost Tea and Extract Class, 87.35%, with Excellence
• Microscope Class, 92.55%, with Distinction

In May 2019, I was accepted into the Soil Food Web Consultant Training Program.

Professional Experience

Founder and Director of Feed Avalon CIC

Feed Avalon is a social enterprise working towards local food resilience in Glastonbury, Street and surrounding villages that I started with a co-worker in 2013.

Key outcomes:

  • Managing the EAT (Education and Training) Project for five years that involved designing and convening a comprehensive programme of courses and workshops in food system skills – supporting more than 300 learners to access adult education
  • Organising the two-year ‘Growing Glastonbury’ Project, a £40k project funded by People’s Health trust, working with 20 mentors to support 200 households to learn how to grow food. Regular gardening clubs, skill shares and more.
  • Establishing a community garden, kitchen, mushroom farm and plant nursery
  • Organising a grassroots remediation project of contaminated land
  • Ongoing grassroots organising including community food forums, seed swaps, harvest shows and more

Co-manager, Brook End Permaculture Farm

Brook End is the 4-acre smallholding that I manage with my family in Somerset.

Key outcomes:

  • Developing incredible diverse, resilient and productive vegetable gardens, a medicine garden, polytunnel, orchard, several greenhouses, a wood, field and stream.
  • Becoming a Permaculture Learning & Network Demonstration Centre (LAND) with the Permaculture Association GB
  • Feeding hundreds of visitors and course attendees.

Project Officer, Somerset Community Food

From 2011-2014, I worked with local charity Somerset Community Food.

Key outcomes:

  • Delivering the £250k Somerset Land for Food Project, an access to land project for community food production in Somerset
  • Designing and organising the Growing Resilience Project (see teaching experience section)
  • Producing an access to land handbook and a series of short films about community access to land
  • Initiating the grassroots network Incredible Edible Somerset
  • Establishing the Somerset Master Gardeners network in partnership with Garden Organic, to support 20 volunteers mentor households in growing food
  • Organising several county-wide conferences and events, including access to land tour, local food feast and community growers gathering

Agroecological System Design Experience

Teaching Experience

  • Full Vegan Permaculture Design Course. Co-taught with Graham Burnett, July and August 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Somerset
  • Grow to Sell Course. Two day training in scaling up food production for market. Co-taught with Tim Lawrence & Hannah Hughes, March 2016 & May 2015, Somerset.
  • Spring Soil School. Two day course in soil care & science. Co-taught with Jane Sweetman, Carol Stone, Edward Revill & Hannah Hughes, March 2016, June 2015, July 2014. Somerset.
  • Grow Your Own Garden Course. Six week course introducing complete beginners to food growing. Co-taught with Carol Stone & Hannah Hughes. February-March 2016 & March – April 2015. Somerset.
  • Liberation Permaculture Course. Weekend course exploring principles of permaculture applied to social change. Co-taught with Pandora Thomas, Graham Burnett & Rafter Sass-Ferguson. September 2015. Essex.
  • Food Sovereignty Course. Co-taught with Mama D. Three day introduction to food sovereignty and popular education. October 2015, Somerset
  • Community Horticulture Course. Designed new qualification – Certificate in Community Horticulture (Level 2 APT Award) as part of the Growing Resilience Project with Somerset Community Food. 14 learners graduated with the certificate. The course involved taught sessions in organising and educational skills. As well as six public events, where the learners delivered workshops relating to the six principles of food sovereignty. Learners also undertook projects in their own communities as a basis for their action learning. More than 40 different learners were involved in the project. January – June 2014, Somerset.
  • Science Skillshare. Day long training with Frack Free Somerset to support organisers to be more confident with the scientific terminology and concepts involved in understanding unconventional fossil fuel extraction. September 2014, Somerset.
  • Community Outreach Training. Weekend course in how to more effectively give presentations & connect with local people for Frack Frack Somerset. May 2013, Somerset.

2018

All courses in Somerset unless otherwise stated

2017

  • Cooking with Nuts and Seeds, February 2017, Somerset
  • Grow Your Own Garden, February & March 2017, Somerset
  • Introduction to Fermentation,  March 2017, Somerset
  • Health at Every Size, March 2017, Somerset
  • Nutrition Day School, March 2017, Somerset
  • Polytunnel Growing, May 2017, Somerset

2016

  • Planting for Pollinators, One day Course, March 2016, Somerset
  • Community Food Forum, Glastonbury, January 2016, Somerset

2015

  • Reclaim the Fields International Action Camp, August-September 2015, North Wales
  • Earth First Summer Gathering! August 2015, Derbyshire
  • Anti-Speciesism & Anti-Patriarchy Talk, June 2015, Bristol
  • Introduction to Permaculture Course, Taught by Graham Burnett, May 2015, Somerset
  • Community Food Forum, Glastonbury, March 2015, Somerset
  • Nursery Course, Taught by Niels Corfield of Edible Cities, February 2015, Somerset
  • Fruit Tree Pruning Skillshare, Taught by Carol Stone, January 2015, Somerset

2014

  • Avalon Abundance Course, 6 week training in food harvesting & preservation, September – October 2014, Somerset
  • Community Food Forum, Glastonbury, October 2015, Somerset
  • Reclaim the Fields Gathering, August 2014, Scotland

2013

  • Community Growers Gathering, October 2013, Somerset
  • Radical Herbalism Gathering, June 2013, Somerset
  • Incredible Edible Somerset Open Gardens, Organised more than 22 workshops supporting 190 people to learn, September 2013, Somerset
  • Good Food For Everyone Forever, Talk in Glastonbury with Colin Tudge & Local Food Feast, over 80 people, September 2013
  • National Extreme Energy Gathering, Manchester, April 2013
  • Access to Land Tour, 4 public meetings & educational info nights in Somerset, January – February – May 2013

2012

  • Permaculture Design Support Intensive, Led by Aranya, September 2012, Somerset
  • Incredible Edible Somerset Open Gardens, Organised 9 workshops supporting 134 people to learn, September 2013, Somerset
  • Reclaim the Fields Gathering, July 2012, Cumbria
  • Incredible Edible Somerset Conference, July 2012, Somerset

2011

  • South West Food Sovereignty Skillshare, Glastonbury, October 2011, Somerset
  • Torganics Field Trip, organised with Transition Glastonbury, September 2011, Somerset
  • Reclaim the Fields Gathering, August 2011, Bristol
  • Monkton Wyld Field Trip, organised with Transition Glastonbury, June 2011, Dorset
  • Permaculture Diploma Support Event, Led by Aranya, May 2011, Somerset
  • Introducing the Prison Industrial Complex – designed two hour workshop exploring the prison system, its historical & contemporary context and prison abolition & alternatives. Facilitated this workshop over 50 times with diverse groups of people – from ex-prisoners and detainees, to permaculture practitioners. 2014 – Present.
  • Composting Gender, Food Sovereignty Gathering, October 2015, Yorkshire
  • Permaculture & Prisons: Designing a world without the Prison Industrial Complex, International Permaculture Convergence, September 2015, Essex
  • Towards a Liberatory and Vegan Permaculture, with Graham Burnett, International Permaculture Convergence, September 2015, Essex
  • Permaculture & Prisons, International Permaculture Conference, September 2015, London
  • Prisoner Support – Why & How, Earth First! Summer Gathering, August 2015, Derbyshire
  • Emotional Resilience & Repression, Earth First! Summer Gathering, August 2015, Derbyshire
  • Social & Ecological harm of the Prison Industrial Complex, Earth First! Summer Gathering, August 2015, Derbyshire
  • Organising Defendant Support & Solidarity, Earth First! Summer Gathering, August 2015, Derbyshire
  • Politics of Prison & Prison Abolition, Radical Herbalism Gathering, June 2015, Shropshire
  • Medicinal Landscaping Workshop with students from Wangeningen University, April 2015, Somerset
  • Seed Sovereignty, Seed Saving Course, February 2015, Somerset
  • Prison Abolition & Permaculture, National Permaculture Diploma Gathering, November 2014, Derbyshire
  • Gender Violence & the Prison Industrial Complex, Anarcha Feminist Conference, October 2014, London
  • Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex, London Anarchist Bookfair, October 2014, London
  • Community Resistance to Unconventional Gas, Earth First! Summer Gathering!, August 2014, Somerset
  • Food Sovereignty, Earth First! Summer Gathering!, August 2014, Somerset
  • Direct Action Training with communities opposing fracking, July 2014, Northern Ireland
  • Food Politics & Wellbeing workshop with Isy Shultz, Radical Herbalism Gathering, June 2014, Shropshire.
  • Herbal Growing – Herbal CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and building a growers network. Radical Herbalism Gathering, June 2014, Shropshire
  • Fracking & Health Inequalities, Radical Herbalism Gathering, June 2014, Shropshire
  • Decarceration Workshop, Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, April 2014, Bristol
  • Intro to Vegan Permaculture, Taunton Vegans Night, March 2014, Somerset
  • Seed Sovereignty Workshop, Glastonbury Seed Swap, March 2014, Somerset
  • Introduction to Reclaim the Fields, Oxford Real Farming Conference, January 2014, Oxford
  • Medicinal Landscaping, as part of the Incredible Edible Somerset Open Gardens weekend, August 2013, Somerset
  • Prison Abolition & Interconnected Struggles, Earth First! Summer Gathering, August 2013, Sussex
  • Resilience to Repression, Earth First! Summer Gathering, August 2013, Sussex
  • Resisting Extreme Energy in the UK, Earth First! Summer Gathering, August 2013, Sussex
  • Resilience to Repression, National Animal Rights Gathering, August 2013, Nottinghamshire
  • Animal Liberation & Land Struggle, National Animal Rights Gathering, August 2013, Nottinghamshire
  • Is Fracking an animal liberation issue? National Animal Rights Gathering, August 2013, Nottinghamshire
  • Ecological Impacts of Industrial & Herbal Medicine, Radical Herbalism Gathering, June 2013, Somerset
  • Know Your Rights Training, with residents in Balcombe opposing Fracking, July 2013, West Sussex
  • Resilience to Repression, Camp Frack, May 2013, Lancashire
  • Permaculture, social justice & community organising, South West Permaculture Convergence, May 2013, Somerset
  • Community Resistance to Extreme Energy, February 2013, Bristol
  • Introduction to Permaculture Workshop, as part of the Incredible Edible Somerset Open Gardens weekend, August 2012, Somerset
  • Grow Your Own Medicine Workshop, as part of the Incredible Edible Somerset Open Gardens weekend, August 2012, Somerset
  • Introduction to Food Sovereignty, South West Food Sovereignty Skillshare, Glastonbury, October 2011, Somerset
  • Anarcha Herbalism, short session introducing the politics of herbalism. Reclaim the Fields Gathering, August 2011, Bristol.
  • Liberation Permaculture, short session introducing the politics of permaculture. Reclaim the Fields Gathering, August 2011, Bristol.

From 2012 – 2018, I worked as a Main Advisor for Gaia University. This involved mentoring associates on their learning journey and giving detailed feedback on their design and project work, as well advising on specific skills.

I supported associates from all over the world, including the UK, US, Germany, Kenya, Malawi, Syria, Australia, and Thailand. A number have now graduated, and it was a total honour to support them on their journey.

I also worked as a Tutor for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design from 2014-2017.

Due to signficant professional commitments, I sadly had to step back from Advising in 2018.

  • Deconstructing & Decolonizing Science for Agroecology, Gaia Radio Call, October 2017, Online
  • Food Sovereignty and Vegan Agroecology, Talk (via Skype) at the People’s Harvest Forum, San Francisco, USA, December 2016
  • From Animal Liberation to Food Sovereignty, Talk (via Skype) at the People’s Harvest Forum, San Francisco, USA, December 2015
  • Permaculture & Prisons, Talk at the Permaculture Picturehouse, August 2015, London
  • Eating Animals, Gaia Radio Call, May 2015, Online
  • Permaculture and Empty Cages, Radio Interview with Animal Voices Canada, March 2015, Online
  • Prison Abolition & Permaculture, Gaia University Webinar, November 2013, Online

Research and Writing Experience