ARABLE & SHEEP (ORGANIC), SUFFOLK: John farms an organic mixed arable and sheep enterprise as well as managing land for neighbouring organic farmers.
John came to farming through his maternal grandfather, who died when he was in his early 20s – John stepped in to run the farm despite not having a direct farming background. He started to convert to organic production in 1999, thoroughly enjoys the different challenges farming can throw up and genuinely looks forward to every day, come rain or shine.
He also has income from rented properties, conservation schemes and renewable energy.
As an organic farmer, John sees the benefits in practice and would like to communicate the opportunities better to other farmers. Having brought sheep onto his farm, he also feels there’s scope to demonstrate the advantages and positive animal welfare practices of mixed farming to a wider audience. He is a well-respected commentator on organic and environmental issues.
A member of the National Farmers Union and former chair of its organic forum.
Previous media experience
Farmers Weekly focus farmer, written opinion pieces for Crops magazine, blogs for the NFU and local newspaper articles.