Becky O Cole

Today we're talking to Becky Cole, regenerative farmer, gardener, folk herbalist, forager and mother. Becky runs Broughgammon Farm with her husband Charlie in Northern Ireland. She became interested in natural living when she became burnt out from city life and went on a journey to discover slow living and nature connections. In this conversation, we talk about the health crises which lead Becky to reevaluate her lifestyle, her background in the fashion industry, the regenerative ethos and practices of Broughgammon farm, and her practice and teachings of foraging and herbalism.

You can find Becky every month on BBC Radio 2 and her popular podcast, Nature & Nourish. She teaches workshops online & on the farm. Her first book The Garden Apothecary was released in 2022 with Hardie Grant and she runs monthly nature connection circles on her Patreon page, The Rooted Connection.

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Topics Covered:

  • Becky's background in the fashion industry
  • How a health crisis guided her back to nature
  • Fashion in the UK
  • Fashion brands mentioned:
  • Country Clothing
  • Dubarry of Ireland
  • Cabbages and Roses
  • Hunter Boots
  • Becky's fashion ethics
  • The environmental ethos of Broughgammon Farm
  • Closing the waste loops in the food chain at Broughgammon Farm, and how they make use of by-products.
  • Billy Burgers
  • Ethically raised veal
  • The Garden Apothecary by Becky O Cole 
  • Foraging and Herbalism
  • Fear of Nature
  • Farming as a lifestyle
  • A leisurely discussion of slow living
  • Common Herbs for Natural Health by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
  • Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

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Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball.

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