Patrick Holden

Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association (1995-2010), initially involved in the organic movement as a full time organic farmer (1973-1988), now founder of the Sustainable Food Trust.

I always thought there would be a significant change, that organic food would one day come of age, but I never imagined it would be quite this sudden.

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After a London upbringing Patrick Holden trained in Biodynamic farming at Emerson College in Sussex. His 250 acre mixed hill farm near Lampeter is now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, producing a raw milk cheddar style cheese from the milk of 70 Ayrshire dairy cows.

Having served as Director of the Soil Association between 1995 and 2010, he recently stepped down to establish a new organisation, The Sustainable Food Trust, which will work to promote increased international cooperation between those working in the field of sustainable agriculture.

He is also International Ambassador of the Soil Association, is a member of the UK Government’s Foresight International Food Security Working Group, an advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and Patron of the Bio-dynamic Agricultural Association, Living Earth Land Trust and the Soil Association Land Trust.

He received a CBE for services to organic farming in 2005.