AN East Yorkshire farmer is set to travel the world after being named as scholar of the year.
Tamara Hall, who runs the family farm of about 1,200 acres near Beverley, has been selected as the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Nuffield Scholar for 2013.
Tamara has chosen community supported agriculture as her subject and will travel to a project in Athens as well as to other initiatives in America, Japan and Scandinavia.
The society is best known as the organiser of the annual Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live.
Tamara said: “My interest began after reading a newspaper article about how farmers were renting small areas of land to families in Athens.
“The families paid rent, chose what the farmers would grow, and in doing so agreed to buy the fruit and vegetables grown.
“There were benefits on both sides. The farmers were guaranteed a stable income and the families had cheaper, better quality and more sustainable food.
“In addition, it fostered a direct connection with how their food was produced.”
“Allotments are very popular and often oversubscribed and not everyone has the time or desire for one, so, as with the Athens project, community supported agriculture might work well in the UK as an alternative.”
Tamara has already established a 65-plot community allotment project on her farm.