Helen farms organically in Bishopstone and founded the Helen Browning’s 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 (the Curry Commission). She was awarded the OBE in 1998 for her contribution to organic farming.
The farm walk on July 13 started and finished at the Royal Oak in Bishopstone. There was 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. On return to the Royal Oak there was a barbecue with meats sourced from the farm.
Jenni Thompson, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, said: “Eastbrook is an impressive farming operation and the Browning family has been driving it forward since the 1950s.”
R.A.B.I trustee Joshua Hosier, who is chairman of the grants committee, spoke about R.A.B.I’s work – in Wiltshire and beyond. Last year, grants of £52,732 were paid out in Wiltshire alone.
The event was organised by the Wiltshire R.A.B.I committee, led by chairman Tim Bamford, and raised £1,004.