Helen Browning OBE is to host a charity walk at her Eastbrook Farm near Swindon on July 13 to raise funds for R.A.B.I.
The farm walk on July 13 will start and finish at the Royal Oak in Bishopstone. There will be a trailer tour of Eastbrook Farm, which covers around 1,400 organic acres – stretching from the north Wiltshire Downs to the Oxfordshire and Berkshire borders.
Around 3,000 pigs roam parts of the farm and the operation produces 950,000 litres of organic milk per year from 170 dairy cows. Aside from the livestock, the farm grows wheat, peas, oats and barley.
Helen farms organically in Bishopstone and founded the Helen Browning Organic brand. She chairs the Food Ethics Council and was a member of the Government’s Policy Commission on the future of farming and food. She was awarded the OBE in 1998 for her contribution to organic farming.
Jenni Thompson, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, said: “Eastbrook is an impressive farming operation and the Browning family have been driving it forward since the 1950s. We’re delighted to be working with them on this event.
“At R.A.B.I we help farming people in many different ways and every case is different. It’s a myth that all farmers are wealthy, around one quarter live on or below the poverty line. Many in the industry are so close to the edge that when something out of the ordinary happens, it tips them over. Farmers don’t want favouritism. All they want is a fair price for a fair product.”
Places on the farm tour are limited so book by July 4. Tickets cost £10 or £20 which includes an outdoor barbecue at the farm’s pub, The Royal Oak (pictured above), after the tour available from Jenni Thompson on 07919 478518.