Nature Friendly Farming Podcast

Keeping It Local with Helen Keys - Growing Flax for Linen & Farmer-Led Innovation

Episode Notes

Ben and Will head to County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to talk about all aspects of food quality with farmer, Helen Keys, and to hear about her exciting business, SourceGrow, a platform that helps farmers decide what to grow and supports local by allowing restaurants to find suppliers.

Helen also shares how she, and her partner, Charlie, are working to restore locally-grown textiles by bringing Irish linen back to its roots. In the past, Belfast was known as "Linenopolis" but in recent decades linen production had all but disappeared. Now, Mallon Linen are In their fourth year of growing flax for linen as the first commercial producers in over 40 years.

Helen's Rethink Farming Q&A: