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Helen Browning

Kirsty Young talks to Helen Browning, farmer and CEO of the Soil Association.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the farmer, and Chief Executive of the Soil Association, Helen Browning.

Born and brought up on the farm in Wiltshire she runs today, she told her father she wanted to be a 'proper farmer' aged just 9. By the time she was 24 her father had passed the reins on to her and not long after, she made it entirely organic.

Inspired by five of her great aunts who, after the First World War, began farming themselves, today she continues to run the family farm, her own meat business and the local pub. Awarded the OBE in 1998 for services to farming, she is chair of the Food Ethics Council, has served on the Curry Commission into the Future of Farming and Food and was appointed Chief Executive of the Soil Association in 2010.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 22 May 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • Buddy Holly

    That'll Be the Day

    • The Best of Buddy Holly.
    • Pickwick.

    • Gotan Project


      • La Revancha del Tango.
      • XL.
  • Genesis


    • …and then there were 3.
    • Charisma.
  • Al Stewart

    Lord Grenville

    • Year of the Cat.
    • RCA.
  • The Beatles

    Here Comes The Sun

    • Abbey Road.
    • Apple.
  • Joan Armatrading

    Love And Affection

    • Love and Affection –Classics 1975 - 1983.
    • Universal Music Tv.
  • Bill Conti

    Glider Pt. 1

    • The Thomas Crown Affair.
    • Pangaea.
  • Hubert Parry


    Performer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Stephen Cleobury. Performer: Oliver Brett.

    Long Road To Freedom by Nelson Mandela


    A David Lomax sculpture of Gaia carrying an ostrich egg behind her back


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Helen Browning
Producer Cathy Drysdale


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