Today's conversation is with Matt Swarbrick, owner of Henbant Farm in north-west Wales. As well as a farmer Matt is an ecologist, former documentary producer with the BBC and a permaculture designer, and his project of a lifetime is to breathe life back into a derelict hill farm and its surrounding community by farming ecologically, holding courses, hosting campers and designing his regenerative livelihood within the landscape.
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This episode is the first of many with Matt, as we share with each other our respective journeys of carving out a regenerative livelihood. In this interview we get to know a bit about Matt's past, his present, and try to dig a bit at what it might be that defines Matt's essence, what makes him a truly unique individual, which we'll unpack a bit more of when we embark on our Part Two later on this year.
Through this mini-series, Matt and I are going to attempt to document our processes, and our reflections on those processes, on our journeys to discover what it means to live and work regeneratively. This means we'll be asking questions about, well, what does this MEAN in the first place? What does it feel like, when it's happening? And what does it look like, in practice? Excited? I am!
Every moment speaking with Matt was a moment joyfully lived, and I look forward to recording Part Two in the weeks to come!
Quote of the episode:
"In my head, the future of civilisation is in the hands of farmers. If anyone can turn us away from that cliff edge that society is heading towards, it's within the farming community...What could be a better job?! To produce stuff that's healthy, to be part of an ecosystem that's growing and understand that ecosystem, to be able to build that richness in it...Like, it's such a gift of a job!"
Music credit: Permanent Holiday by Mike Love
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