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Interview with Martin Wolfe





Photos: Lars Norden and Maja Lindstrom

In September 2018 Maja Lindstrom and Lars Norden of Paradigmshiftfilm in Sweden visited Martin Wolfe at Wakelyns Agroforestry. They are working on a documentary dedicated to agroforestry, to be completed in September 2019 with a lot of material from Wakelyns in it. They’ve also made a 3-part audio sequence from an interview with Martin about his background, career and the development of Wakelyns. On hearing of Martin’s passing, they asked us if we would like to share these audio files.

Martin Wolfe: part one

Martin talks about his childhood, motivations to study Agricultural Botany, early career at the Plant Breeding Institute, how his interest in plant pathology and diversity developed, plant breeding, cereal mixtures and an East German pils lager made from barley mixtures. Moving to Switzerland.

Martin Wolfe: part two

Returning to the UK and putting ideas into practice. Creating Wakelyns Agroforestry. Increasing diversity: moving from cereal mixtures to populations. Taking the case to Brussels. Temporary marketing experiment. Kimberley Bell and Small Food Bakery. Reconnecting growers with bakers.

Martin Wolfe: part three

Agroforestry and energy, biodiversity. Traceability.

Credits: Sound: Lars Norden, edit: Maja Lindstrom, Paradigmshiftfilm. Music: Duce Williams/ARTLIST. Claes Nygren, Siv Moran/ARTLIST. Swirling Ship/ARTLIST. Made with suport from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

See also Our tribute to Martin Wolfe

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