Helen Browning’s Organic celebrates women in farming for International Women’s Day 2023

"Women are pioneers. They’re central to farming, forging positive change through agroecology on their farms and in their communities. Many of their farming innovations are based on agroecological principles such as diversifying, using fewer pesticides, scaling up, or building relationships with consumers.’ -– IWD #EmbraceEquity

Helen Browning’s Organic celebrates women in farming for International Women’s Day 2023

Helen Browning’s Organics is proud to have a strong female bias among the staff that maintain and run the farm, pub, hotel and food & drink business in Bishopstone.

Overseen by Helen Browning OBE and including the most senior management positions to the essential stock hands, our female workers raise the business above the equity standards of modern farming. In recognition of International Women’s Day 2023 and the theme of #EmbraceEquity, we would like to take a moment to salute some of the women of Eastbrook Farm who contribute to what we stand for and where we are today.

Vicky is managing director at Eastbrook Farm Organic Meats, ensuring value is added to the food and drink that the farm produces. The meat business also has a female bias with Carolyn managing the office and Sally heading up our marketing efforts. Sue is a steadying hand in the farm office – whether that involves wages, movement licenses, livestock records or health & safety. Lily and Rachel work with the cows and pigs, dealing with early mornings and the rigorous daily routine of keeping animals happy and healthy. Sophie juggles her veterinary duties alongside herd management – and often with her small son alongside. Jo is general manager of the Royal Oak Pub & Rooms, with a proficient team including women in the kitchen, maintaining the hotel and running the farm shop and Eastbrook experiences as well as many able hands behind the bar.

About Helen Browning

Helen Browning was born and raised on the farm which she runs today and is also Chief Executive of the Soil Association. Helen remains first and foremost a farmer and was awarded the OBE in 1998 for services to farming. Her mission is to seek ways to farm that are as good as they possibly can be for people, farm animals and nature. As Chief Executive of the Soil Association, the educational charity that supports policy makers, farmers, foresters and citizens make better decisions about how we eat, farm and care for the natural world, Helen tries to ‘walk the talk’ here at Eastbrook Farm.

For International Women’s Day 2023, Waitrose Food magazine recognised Helen Browning as one of the ten most influential women in food today.


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