ED.EM.05 – Agriculture: looking back to go forward

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Éditions Emile are back with issue five of their ED.EM photo-zine series. To launch the issue India Hamilton hosted a panel discussion on the future of agriculture in Jersey as part of the Festival of Words program. Held at the Public Library the speakers included voices from across the sector. Minister Kirsten Morel introduced the session before India (co-founder of SCOOP and food systems researcher) spoke with Aarron Le Couteur (Sheep Farmer and Conservation Grazier) and James Godfrey (CEO at RJA&HS) on everything from landuse, conservation, food security and culture.  

The discussion was fascinating and the passion for the subject was clear to see, we extend our thanks to all that took part and attended.

The photographs were from Maurice Richardson, who donated his archive to the Société Jersiaise Photographic Archive upon his death in 2022. A former President of the Société (1977-80), this collection of images by Maurice Richardson provides an excellent insight into all aspects of rural and agricultural life in Jersey from the 1960s through to the 1990s.

Agriculture was a subject close to Maurice, himself a small-scale grower, and from a line of farmers stretching back over 400 years. The photographs show an industry in transition but also an awareness and desire to keep traditional practices alive. The photographs are particularly poignant considering how many farms have closed during the period Maurice was active and since these images were made.

Don Pallot’s Steam engine Merlin, Oaklands. 1991

The issue is now on sale at edem.je and from the Société Jersiaise Bookshop for £10.

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