We are very fortunate to have Simon Fairlie as our keynote speaker at this year’s AGM and are greatly looking forward to his contribution.
He worked for 20 years as an agricultural labourer, vine-worker, shepherd, fisherman, builder and stonemason before being ensnared by the computer in 1990.
Simon was a co-editor of The Ecologist magazine for four years, before joining a community farm in 1994 where he managed the cows, pigs and a working horse for ten years. He now runs Chapter 7 (http://tlio.org.uk/chapter7/), an organisation that provides planning advice to smallholders and other low income people in the countryside and campaigns for ‘access to land for all households … through environmentally sound planning’.
He is also editor of The Land magazine, and earns a living by selling scythes. He keeps Jersey cows and pigs and makes cheese and yoghurt at Monkton Wyld. He is the author of Low Impact Development: Planning and People in a Sustainable Countryside and Meat: a Benign Extravagance.
The Land magazine is beautifully produced in black and white with striking illustrations. You’ll find details and some featured articles on their website: www.thelandmagazine.org.uk/