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Green Business And Community Resilience
As Green Councillor Andy Fewings reminded us in a recent event about 'Participatory Democracy', every pound we spend IS a political act as each decision impacts people and places in our community and well beyond.

For this event (RSVP below) we want to showcase ‘politics’ with a small ‘p’. So, we invited a few folks who are living examples of the policies within our GREEN Green New Deal to share their story.

You will hear from two employee-owned businesses (Riverford Organic and Chelsea Green Publishing) and a community-owned movement (Fibreshed), along with a GREEN councillor who will share some of the ways having a GREEN in local seats supports the shift to a green economy.

Our goal with this event is to remind us that Better IS Possible - because in many ways, Better is Already Happening.

Aug 5, 2020 06:00 PM in London

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Guy Singh-Watson
(he/him) @Riverford Organic
Self-confessed veg nerd, Guy Singh-Watson has over the last 30 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 55,000 customers a week. Guy is an opinionated and admired figure in the world of organic farming, who still spends more time in the fields than in the boardroom. Twice awarded BBC Radio 4 Farmer of the Year, Guy is passionate about sharing with others the organic farming and business knowledge he has accumulated over the last three decades. His weekly veg box newsletters connect customers to the farm with refreshingly honest accounts of the trials and tribulations of producing organic food, and the occasional rant about farming, ethical and business issues he feels strongly about. In June 2018, Guy handed over the reins of Riverford to its staff, choosing employee ownership as the model that will protect Riverford's ethical values and ensure the security of its employees.
Deborah Barker
she/her @Fibreshed UK
Deborah is part of Fibreshed, a new "farm-to-closet" vision for the clothes we wear created by a leader in the movement for local textile economies. Fibreshed looks at reshaping the disconnect between what we wear and our knowledge of its impact on land, air, water, labor, and human health. Even those who value access to safe, local, nutritious food have largely overlooked the production of fiber, dyes, and the chemistry that forms the backbone of modern textile production. Deborah represents the SE Fibreshed, out of Plaw Hatch, a community owned biodynamic farm in West Sussex. Covering Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, it is uniquely placed to connect sheep farmers and fibre growers with the fashion industry in the UK. The long-term goal is to disrupt the traditional supply chain to empower farmers, producers and makers in the creation of regenerative fashion.
Margo Baldwin
she/her @Chelsea Green Publishing
Since 1984, Chelsea Green has been the leading publisher of books about organic farming, gardening, homesteading, integrative health, natural building, sustainable living, socially responsible business, and more. In line with its mission, Chelsea Green is now employee-owned. President and Publisher, Margo Baldwin is joining us to share Chelsea Green's journey and future plans as an employee-owned company and green business.