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I am passionate about:
doing what I can in my work and personal life to create a just and sustainable world for us all to live and thrive in.
A little known fact about me is:
I co-founded our family business, Six Legs Farm, breeding insects as an alternative protein source to industrially produced meat.
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https://www.linkedin.com/in/tillyjarvis/ and https://www.linkedin.com/company/students-organising-for-sustainability/
https://twitter.com/tillyjarvis and https://twitter.com/sosukcharity
Senior Project Manager, Food
At SOS-UK I'm a Senior Project Manager for Student Eats which puts sustainable food at the heart of universities and colleges across the UK. I support the creation of new food co-ops and buying groups in communities across the UK in my role at the charity Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming; and I also set up a sustainable food social enterprise, Six Legs Farm, with my husband.
On a voluntary basis I am on the Board of Directors of a community owned organic and biodynamic farm and business park in Worcestershire and a trustee for a youth-led environmental charity.
Hi John, Thanks so much for your comment. We believe that both rewilding and regenerative farming have a role to play. In the UK there are some large national parks that are grazed by sheep or red grouse and/or are systematically burned. This often just benefits a privileged few and it would likely be far more beneficial to the population as a whole if the parks could be rewilded (here is an interesting article that summarises the issues - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/28/britain-national-parks-reclaim-rewild). In our vision we're working with universities who own a significant amount of land in the UK that they already rent out to farmers. They need to continue to be able to generate income through their landholdings and the UK needs the food that's produced in an agroecological way by these farmers. There are incredible examples of intensive farms rewilding their land (the most well known in the UK is Knepp Castle Estate - https://knepp.co.uk/) but it is unlikely that enough food would be produced if all farmers adopted this approach. Regarding the soil carbon sequestration potential of each method, moving to regenerative farming practices can initially sequester carbon at a quicker rate compared to rewilding or planting trees. We would be very happy to discuss this further if you have any other questions. Many thanks, Tilly
Hi Vicent, Thank you for messaging, we're really excited about our vision as we feel it genuinely cuts across and connects all issues that we need to address to achieve sustainability in food and farming. It is also a replicable model that could easily be adopted by universities and colleges outside of the UK to hugely increase it's impact. Best of luck with your submission, Tilly & Odette (we job share)
Hello Guy, In the UK we're also concerned that the average age of farmers is 58 and that young people aren't keen to join the profession so it's great to read your vision! Universities and colleges in the UK own significant amounts of land that's often rented out to tenant farmers who farm with a focus on yields rather than soil health or food quality, we're hoping to change that, and along the way provide opportunities for the students at the institutions to farm the land to give them the tools and motivation for them to consider entering the profession. We would be interested to know if this model could potentially work in other countries too. What would be your thoughts in relation to Canada? Do universities/colleges own much land? We would really appreciate any feedback you could offer. Best wishes, Tilly