Rural geography field trip

A field trip took place in May 2015 as part of GY258 – Contemporary Rural Geographies module, which is convened by Dr Paul Gilchrist.

A small group of students visited Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Community Farms in Forest Row, East Sussex, to learn about the philosophies and practices of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).We learned about the challenges of organic farming; the ideas of Rudolf Steiner on biodynamic agriculture; the range of business enterprises a farm can support; livestock management and processing; the dietary benefits of unpasteurised milk; as well as gaining practical tips on composting and salad growing.

Katy Cross, now a final year BA Geography student, has kindly produced this short video about our day. Thanks go out to Katy for producing the film, Neil Ravenscroft (Professor of Land Economy) as our guide for the day, and the farmers and growers at the farms for making the trip so informative and memorable.

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