Patrick Holden

Patrick Holden

Patrick Holden is the founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, an organisation founded in 2012 and working international to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food systems. Prior to this he was director of the Soil Association (until 2010) during which time he led high profile campaigns on the misuse of antibiotics, genetic engineering and the case for vaccination in the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak. He farms 300 acres in west Wales, now the longest established organic dairy farm in the principality, where he produces Hafod, a raw milk cheddar from the milk of his 80 Ayrshire cows. He was awarded a CBE for services to organic farming in 2005, is Patron of the UK Biodynamic Farming Association and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2016.

If we were to review our particular fields of activity through a Harmony lens, how would this inspiration find expression in our future work? Founder and Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, Patrick Holden, reflects on how he has been influenced by principles of Harmony.... more
I have always believed that it is possible, if we farm in harmony with nature, for the vast community of bacteria, fungi, soil-invertebrates, wildflowers, insects, amphibians, birds and small mammals to coexist in a balanced way with a food production system – even if the farmer, in this case me,... more