We’re delighted to announce that Dr Simon Platten joins our faculty as senior lecturer to lead our BSc Regenerative Food and Farming. 

Simon Platten

Simon is an Environmental anthropologist by training, specialising in the social dynamics and economics of small-scale horticultural production systems. He has conducted fieldwork in Indonesia and the UK and previously lectured on Human Ecology and Ethnobotany at the University of Kent. He is a Director of Tamar Grow Local CIC (TGL) and has project managed the development of their ecosystem of food projects and businesses for the last 12 years.

During this time TGL has established over 30 community food projects, businesses, and co-operative ventures designed to be self-supporting but to benefit from the mutual support provided under the TGL umbrella. The resulting network of projects have been shaped to grow resilience and respond to market failures around small-scale food production, and to revitalise local food consumption, production and employment opportunities. Simon brings his academic, business and supply chain development experience to the BSc Regenerative Food and Farming at Dartington.

Simon has said of his new role: “I am really happy to be joining the team at Dartington. The BSc offers the opportunity to combine theory and very practical engagement on the land. The production spaces on site as well as the constellation of innovative agroecological businesses on the wider estate and in the local area create unique learning opportunities for our community of students.”

We’re very excited to have Simon on board and look forward to the knowledge, skills and experience he will bring to our learning community at Dartington. 

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