Bonnie Welch

Bonnie Welch grew up in rural Somerset and has a keen interest in global sustainable food and farming practices and permaculture. She is currently a masters student of Food Anthropology at SOAS University in London, and prior to this spent four years living in Amsterdam, where she studied a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree and worked for sustainable food charity, ASEED Europe. She joined the Sustainable Food Trust in May 2017 as an intern for the Harmony in Food and Farming Conference.

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Growing health and wellbeing in British prisons

With so much evidence pointing to the positive impacts of nature-based activities on improving mental and physical wellbeing, as well as reducing reoffending, it seems like an ideal time to promote gardening and horticulture in all UK prisons.

September 2, 2020


Harmony in the Hive: What Bees Need

To live in harmony with nature, we too must become stewards of natural capital, acknowledging and nurturing vitally important species like bees, the original stewards of the land.

November 20, 2018

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A Resilient Food System for Syrians

For Syria, small-scale, autonomous farming offers a model of inspiration for the challenges that lie ahead in terms of weakened food security, the use of food as a weapon and the vulnerability of farming livelihoods. In the long run, planting it as an idea may well be the most important thing to do.

August 31, 2018

The Hidden Cost of UK Food: Is Malnutrition a National Scandal?

While hunger is a prevalent form of malnutrition in developing countries, malnourishment can also be found far closer to home, here in the UK, where its impact is significant and increasing. NHS England calls malnutrition a “common problem”, affecting millions of people in the UK.

March 29, 2018

Pilgrimage Open to All: Bring your own Beliefs

There are other clear commonalities between pilgrimage and farming, grounded in the idea that the land itself is holy and that our interaction with, and care of the land, is of great significance. Farmers understand the value of the natural capital found within the fields –  its soil, sources of water and other resources are crucial to the health of the land and the endeavour of farming.

March 23, 2018

Farm Architecture: Form, Function and Place

“How can the design of farms and farm buildings be beautiful, functional and express a sense of place?” This was the central question explored by Mark Hoare, Kim Wilkie and Stephanie Evans during their parallel session “Harmony Principles in Farm Architecture” at the Harmony in Food and Farming conference earlier in July.

August 17, 2017