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Sitting on top of the hills of southwest Devon overlooking the sea, Village Farm is a living example of regenerative agriculture.
A little over a year ago, Rebecca Hosking and business partner Tim Green – who made the BBC2 documentary ‘A Farm for The Future’ – became tenants of 175 acres of exhausted soils.
Turning a windswept, misused, coastal farm into an abundant landscape working with nature is their goal; their approach – holistic planned grazing.
Rebecca Hosking, farmer and agroecologist, explains: “Holistic planned grazing is all about mimicking the natural migration of a wild herd across the landscape. This is the fastest way to build soil fertility on a large scale.”
2015 is the international year of soils. Farming with nature, Village Farm, is one of the many and inspiring examples of an agriculture working to build soils and providing good food for everyone without damage to the natural world and wildlife.
Narrated by Colin Tudge, biologist, writer, and founder, alongside his wife Ruth, of The Campaign for Real Farming | http://www.campaignforrealfarming.org/
Featuring Village Farm – Organic farming with nature | http://www.thevillagefarm.co.uk/
Produced by Permaculture People | http://permaculturepeopleuk.tumblr.com
for Permaculture magazine | http://permaculture.co.uk
Logo designed by HIP Permaculture | http://hippermaculture.com
Camera Mihali Moore | http://www.mihalimoore.co.uk/
Additional footage courtesy of ‘Voices of Transition’ directed by Nils Aguilar | http://voicesoftransition.org/
Photos Rebecca Hosking
For more on Village Farm, check out Permaculture Magazine editor Maddy Harland’s visit in No. 83, ‘Farming with Nature’.
To see the full-length 2009 BBC2 documentary ‘A Farm For the Future’ – http://www.permaculture.co.uk/videos/farm-future-full-length-film-peak-oil-farming-permaculture
Living with the Land | The Films
Living with the Land’ is a series of nine short online films free to view and distribute. Produced by Permaculture People for Permaculture magazine the films showcase the people and projects in the UK designing ecologically sound and regenerative land based practices. The films will be released to coincide with the build-up to the 12th International Permaculture Convergence, in London this September | https://ipcuk.events
To see all nine films see http://www.permaculture.co.uk/living-with-the-land