Tuesday 17th May 2022
Speaker: Charlotte Johnson, Organic Farmer and Visionary
SNHG's roots, We are what we eat, are once again brought to life! Never has it been more important to consider the interconnectedness of health and wellbeing: ours, the planet's, and that of the soil. As tonight's guest speaker says,
How can we appreciate our food system if we do not understand it. Soil needs to learn to be soil again.
Venue: Solihull Methodist Church, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1LG
Time: Doors open 7pm. Refreshments served until 7.45pm when the talk commences
Cost: £5 members/£8 visitors
I have been on my organic journey for quite a few years now. Being a child of the 90s, I grew up with chicken nuggets on the school menu and computer games as toys. My home life was more traditional and I would say this helped me to embrace different ideas and not just follow the trends. I worked in an office for a short time after doing my A levels and quickly realised my roots were with the land and the soil. I got a job at a small sheep dairy and within a year after that my now husband and I began keeping our own sheep. We started small but from day one of our sheep arriving they were reared organically; I knew I wanted to do it differently and for my animals to have a more natural environment as well as being sustainable and grass fed.
It all grew. Within a few more years a county council farm smallholding came on the market. We were successful in our application and from there I began selling our own produce, real food from the farm. Customers could see the connections to the land and soil and could come on the farm to buy meat and eggs. We cannot appreciate our food system if we do not understand it. Verges were left untouched and untidy to some, filled with different colours and bursting with life underneath, insects and bees and butterflies. The soil was learning to be soil again and the wildlife was thriving. I still had a pair of charity shop jeans on, covered in rips from the daily chores, but richness comes in many forms.
We have since moved to another farm and have converted it to organic like we did the last. My husband and I now run a 300 acre organic mixed farm with 70 cows, 1000 sheep and a flock of laying hens, as well as producing organic milling wheat and we are a self-sustainable, regenerative, organic farm.