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Ed Hamer - Horsepower

For hundreds of years people and horses were dependent on each other for survival.. not surprising that energy was measured by ‘horse-power’ It was the horse that provided us with transport and heavy power, while we provided the horse with food, shelter and loving care.

Ed Hamer is a young farmer from Devon and a journalist. He was born and brought-up on the north-east edge of Dartmoor where he has worked on farms for most of his life. In 2010 he co-founded Chagfood Community Market Garden, a community supported agriculture scheme supplying 75 ecologically-produced veg shares a week to Chagford and its neighbouring parishes. Ed trained his own work horse, Samson, and uses working horses for the majority of the cultivation and tillage on his fields. Ed talks about the practicalities and viability of working horses in market gardening and the contribution that traditional farming skills and knowledge can make to the resilient farming systems of the future.