About the College >> Janette Hornby

Janette Hornby

Ecological Horticulture Intern

Originally from Liverpool, Janette has travelled widely throughout her career. She trained as an analytical chemist and quality assurance professional, specialising in set up and licensing of manufacturing facilities and in product and process design,  later working as a project leader and consultant in the US and Europe. 
During career breaks she cycled six and half thousand miles from Alaska to Guatemala, worked in youth hostels in Snowdonia and indulged her wild side with mountain biking, canoeing and rock climbing adventures.
Janette has trained as person-centred counsellor and volunteered at a rape crisis centre supporting people affected by sexual abuse, domestic violence and alcohol addiction.  She has also used Reiki, energy healing and emotional freedom techniques in hospices and complementary therapy practice.
A lifelong keen gardener, Jan was exploring the possibility of setting up a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture project when she was drawn to the Sustainable Horticulture course at Schumacher. She believes good food, supportive community and working on the land can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing by increasing exercise, reducing stress and tackling loneliness.