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Speaker Profiles 2023

Biopiracy; how corporations are stealing indigenous knowledge and patenting the natural world. Biopiracy is the unethical patenting of biological and botanical material for financial commercial gain. It’s a modern form of colonisation. Angie Bual will seed ideas and lift the lid on these global issues.

Angie Bual

Protecting the precious ancient grains of Wales at risk of extinction. For decades, Pembrokeshire Farmer Gerald Miles believed the once common black oats of Wales had been lost for ever. He published a request for seed in Farmers Weekly magazine and when this went unanswered, he began a mission of rediscovery that he calls “the search for the holy grain”.  In 2018, farmer Gerald Miles and Katie Hastings of the Gaia foundation, founded Llafur Ni (Welsh for ‘Our Grains’) and the organisation now has about 30 small-scale growers and farmers. Together they share land, knowledge and seeds to rediversify and strengthen the once rich supplies of unique

Welsh cereals that populated the country’s farms and fields.

Gerald Miles
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Mike Feingold

How to save seeds from "easy" vegetables and wild flowers Bristol’s well loved permaculture activist, Mike Feingold will be talking about how to save seed and why this is important. Mike has been at the centre of Bristol’s practical permaculture community for many years. He runs a thriving community orchard at Royate Hill, where he also has his own allotment.

Mike teaches on the Shift Bristol permaculture course and co- ordinates large teams of volunteers every year to run practical permaculture areas at festivals including Glastonbury Festival.

He’s also involved in redistributing unwanted food to communities in need across the city.

Mike’s talk will focus on seed saving from ‘easy’ vegetables, as well as saving wild seed. He’ll also touch on the politics of seed saving.

Mark De'Lisser

Often taking inspiration from the natural environment, poet Mark De’Lisser weaves words that explore the ever shifting tides of the human experience. 


Born in London and now settled in Bath, Mark has written professional commissions for the Bath Abbey and Roots Allotment, and regularly collaborates with musicians.

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