Farming Matters

Date: Saturday 16th September 2017, Sunday 17th September 2017
Time: 12:30 - 15:15
Location: The Farmyard
Price: Free with festival wristband

A lively programme of powerful and provocative 30 minute talks, chaired by local farmer and BBC Wales Economics Correspondent Sarah Dickins and her husband and farmer Nick Miller, that will delve into the topics affecting farming today and reveal the realities of food production, as told by the people who are living and working it. Each day is themed so talks will take you on a journey around two key subjects that are timely and topical.

Saturday is focused on how Brexit will affect farming and food locally and in the UK with inspiring, challenging and diverse talks by speakers including local surveyor and rural commentator Rob Yorke, local pig farmer and founder of The Decent Company Martha Roberts and the President of the Country Land and Business Association Ross Murray.

Sunday is geared towards celebrating the thinkers and doers and makers and innovators who are shaping the future of food and farming in this country, with exciting and innovative talks by speakers including Kate Humble’s aquaponics farm manager and edible garden designer Beca Beeby, co-founder of Hodmedod’s British Quinoa farm and company Nick Saltmarsh, and Abi and Phoebe who set up #OurField, a cereal co-operative farm movement and founded Future Farm Lab, bringing tech and social change together as tools to power more sustainable food systems.

The ‘Farming Matters’ programme will take place between 12.30pm – 3.15pm each day, with opportunities to ask questions and voice your opinion during and after the talks.

Full programme listings including talk titles, content descriptions, all speaker and timings to be released nearer the time.