Julie is a self-employed project manager who spends much of her free time, with her partner Keith, busy on their smallholding at Field Head Farm. Growing fruit and vegetables and keeping poultry, sheep and bees started as a way of reducing the household’s carbon footprint whilst having delicious things to eat. As a cook, she loves to put an entirely home-produced dinner on the table. Julie make preserves, chutneys, liqueurs, along with herb, flower and hive based condiments, cosmentics and remedies and has more recently ventured into cheese making.
Julie’s background includes many years working the in co-operative movement and she has a strong understanding of the governance of mutual societies and a firm commitment to the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity established by the movement’s founders in the nineteenth century. She believes that a great deal can be achieved by people working together, sharing skills and resources, promoting ethical produce and the local economy whilst supporting the health and well-being of both people and planet.
When not working or farming she likes painting, ceramics, knitting and anything creative. She rides and has recently returned to a bit of low-level equestrian competition in the dressage area but is more often found hacking round the local hillsides.