The Herdsman @ The Oxford Real Farming Conference, 2020
The herdsman Charles didn’t alway work at the Ethical Dairy. Previously he worked at a new, big, intensive dairy farm where over 1000 cows are milked 3 times a day and never eat grass in a field. Charles mental well-being crashed at this farm – a refection of the toll it was also taking on the cows and the land? Through Charles’s journey we come to understand what the economic pressures of cheap food are doing to farming and what the alternatives might be; and the connection between the well-being of land, animal and the humans involved.
I’m really look forward to finally performing this story as it was originally intended, with Charles. We will take the stage together at the Oxford Real Farming Conference this coming January. I will tell the story, and hand over to Charles to talk further to the audience about his experiences. We will then host a Q&A.
Kay Cook and I are performing an hour of tales! I will tell ‘The Handless Maiden: woman, wisdom and the woods’. After 4 years searching for words to express the value of our ancient woodlands in a world where ‘nature as commodity’ means we justify cutting them down… Georgia’s story – traditional fairytale entwined with trickster wit and wisdom – tells how the power of the feminine is redeemed by wild nature.
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The Ethical Farming Conference
The herdsman Charles didn’t alway work here at the Ethical Dairy. Previously he worked at a brand spanking new intensive dairy farm. The latter however took its toll on his well-being. Through his journey we come to understand what the economic pressures of cheap food are doing to farming and what the alternatives might be. It also helps us understand the connection between well-being of land, animal and human.
I will performing The Herdsman at The Ethical Farming conference, in conjunction with Charles, the subject of the story, who will talking about mental health in farming.
Friday, 1 February 2019, 7.30 @ Natterjacks Cafe, Ulverston with Storyteller Georgia Wingfield-Hayes and Musician Amy Boud