It was such a great decision to jump across to the roseland peninsula. It truly is an area of outstanding beauty, and in more ways than the rolling green hills, wild seals and the stillness of the ocean as it gently lands on the shore.
The community spirit amongst the locals I have encountered, along with a seemingly genuine desire to implement changes that will benefit those living in this spectacular part of the country is also, beautiful. The farmers here are of the older generation, there seems to be a natural concern as to what happens to the land if nobody is taking over with a focus on farming. Will it go to property development is a question they are commonly asking themselves.
It appears the passion of a farmer is a powerful force and one that is leading them towards a desire to see the land used to implement regenerative farming practices that leads to transformation of people and place. This way, they can be at ease knowing the land will remain in farming and the practices in which we are moving towards strengthen ecosystems that vastly improve the wildlife and biodiversity of the landscape, increase crop yields and overall nutrional value of the foods produced.
A possible outcome for this is to offer individuals that are interested in regenerative farming long term leases on land to ensure the time and money invested by any project developers is of value and worth. This way, there is security knowing the land isn’t going to be swept away from under their feet at any point. I have begun signposting any farmers interested in ensuring the land goes into the right hands towards the Land Workers Alliance – Farm Start schemes, Wild Farmed – regenerative farming at its finest , Innovative Field Labs – arguably the leading researchers in agroecology and the Community Supported Agriculture Network – a network of farms in the UK with a strong emphasis on community farming. A strong collaboration and a vastly diverse support network is going to be needed to ensure willing farmers are guided through the process of what is important when it comes to leasing land on a long term basis. Hopefully, the Agroecological Research Collaborative will get back to me ASAP, and together we can begin building a map and a solid database highlighting where possible farm starts are available and what’s recommended based on what the local communities may need.
It has been 37 days since I left Bedruthan Steps, north of Newquay. I am feeling so grounded in my work here and the role I am playing in mobilising farmers who want to see the land used in ways that greatly improve the world we live in. Blessed is an understatement. Divine timing empowers everything. Hyperactivism is my life.