Landworkers’ Alliance Coordinating group

The Landworkers’ Alliance coordinating group consists of a small number of LWA members who take care of the day to day running of the organisation. Currently there are 11 coordinating group members, many of whom have specific roles within LWA, and others of whom help with decision making as well as giving expertise on specific campaigns.

The members vote for the coordinating group every year at the AGM, normally in November.  Here are the current members of the cordinating group:

Ashley Wheeler Trill Farm Garden, Devon

Membership Secretary

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I run a 2.5 acre market garden with my family, selling organic vegetables to local restaurants.

As Membership Secretary, my role is to process application forms, and keep an up to date spreadsheet of our membership list. I also administer the mailing lists and help to send out the newsletter, along with updating the website.

My main campaigning interests are farmers’ rights to seeds and CAP/Defra policy reform. I co-founded the South West Seed Savers’ Cooperative.

 

Bee Laughton (aka Rebecca) Tamarisk Farm, Dorset

IMG_1848Organic Market Gardener and Campaigns Researcher for LWA (1 day per week), worker member of the Ecological Land Co-operative.

I am working with Jyoti on the campaign to get DEFRA to create smallholder/family farmer/agroecology friendly policies, which currently involves creating briefing sheets and a booklet to inform politicians of the issues relating to land workers. The most urgent work related to this is to collect data about the productivity of small farms, to demonstrate how we too have a role in feeding the nation. As an antidote to number crunching, I enjoy keeping the weeds and snails at bay in my market garden.

Oli Rodker Ecological Land Co-Operative

Oli-Rodker I’m a Director of the Ecological Land Co-operative which aims to provide affordable access to land through setting up new ecologcial farms .

I’m job sharing the role of External Communications for LWA with Joanne till Spring 2015.

Over that time I will meeting other organisations, helping develop regional contacts and distributing our Feeding the Future brochure.

If you have comments or suggestions on how we can campaign and network more effectively, or would like to suggest any venues for Farm Tours over the next 6 months, please contact me : everythingconnected@yahoo.co.uk

Jyoti Fernandes Fivepenny Farm, Dorset

Chair person, Campaigns Coordinator and member of the Coordinating Committee, European Coordination Via Campesina

JyotiDorset smallholder farmer on our 20 acre low impact holding with Jersey cows, goats, pigs, vegetables and apple juice, cider cheese, and other processed products. I am also a caterer, butcher, and land rights activist (mostly helping people gain planning permission).

I am a campaigns coordinator currently working on a campaign to influence DEFRA to adopt more policies to promote food sovereignty. I would love to hear ideas from any of the membership about what campaigns we should be working on through the LWA. I am also a member of the coordinating committee of the European Coordination of La Via Campesina and work to represent small-scale producers around Europe in the European and Global agricultural institutions.

Ed Hamer Grower, Dartmoor

Press and Communications Officer

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I farm a six-acre community market garden called Chagfood on the edge of Dartmoor and am also co-editor of The Land magazine. For the past two years I have been involved in press work for the LWA, drafting press releases and giving press interviews. More recently I have been working with Bee & Jyoti on the campaigns pamphlet and helping to build the profile of LWA in parliament. I have personal links with Via Campesina International as well as The Greenhorns in the U.S. I hope to bring professional journalistic experience to the LWA coregroup – as well as rustic collection of agricultural folk songs!

Humphrey Lloyd Edible Futures, Bristol

I run an urban council small holding of 0.9 acres in Bristol. On this site I grow salad and veg and also operate a nursery for edible perennial plants. Our produce is sold to Bristol households via a scheme called ‘Salad Drop’ and our veg is sold to cafes and restaurants. Our nursery plants are available for sale as well as being used for our own edible landscaping projects in parks and schools.

As treasurer I am responsible for running managing funds and budgets as well as submitting end of year accounts.

Adam Payne, Lower Hewood Farm, Dorset

Press and communications officer, Member of the Coordinating Committee, European Coordination Via Campesina

organicle adam photoI am farm manager at Lower Hewood Farm, a 45 acre organic farm in West Dorset. We raise sheep and pigs, and run a market garden, selling all our produce to local businesses direct from the farm.

Lower Hewood Farm also provides residencies allowing artists, writers and researchers to develop their practices in the environment of a working farm.  We also organise an ongoing programme of talks, exhibitions and other events in parallel to the farm – including the Food and Farming Film Festival.

I am also a member of the Coordinating Committee of the European Coordination of La Via Campesina and work with Jyoti and colleagues from farmers organisations around Europe to represent small-scale producers in the European and Global agricultural institutions, and to strengthen co-operation and solidarity between farmers and growers.

Any questions please get in contact: adam@organiclea.org.uk

Tasha Elena Tucker- Vallecillo Litlle Brympton, Somerset

Communications administrator

TashaI run a micro-farm, small farm shop and do catering mostly at festivals with our own produce.

I live in an off grid home on our farm and recently won planning permission to run our business and live on site. We managed to do this because of the support members of the Land Workers Alliance gave us. I’m interested in being part of the land workers alliance to help other small scale agro-ecological producers and make beautiful sustainable livelihoods possible in this current economic climate which at present is not geared towards supporting us and therefore it’s of paramount importance that we support each other.

Lucy Otto,Worcestershire

UntitledAfter completing a 2 year Biodynamic Apprenticeship last year I am now managing a market garden and care farm. Having ‘given up’ a successful career in the NHS at the age of 27 in order to learn the very basic skills of living (preparing soil, planting seeds, milking animals etc), I am passionate about supporting other people taking the giant leap. I’m part of the core team who started the Groundspring Network for potential or starter farmers / growers, and continue to love the shining eyes I meet in the brave people who choose this beautiful tough way of life. I believe that being part of the Land Workers Alliance is a potent way to show I believe in a more engaged society and a more constructive relationship with our planet.