Beer & Berries Talk: Past to Present – Exploring the Shifting Demands of Farm Labour

12 September 2020

Past to Present - Exploring the Shifting Demands of Farm Labour

In response to some of the recent challenges facing local producers, from a shortage of seasonal farm workers to a loss of the restaurant market, FEAST Journal has developed two talks panels exploring questions of labour and alternative models of production. Panel participants will introduce a range of perspectives on commercial growing in an effort to present pathways for a more sustainable future.

From the soft fruit industry’s reliance on Scottish school children picking fruit in the summer holidays to a contemporary migrant workforce the discussion will explore the practicalities and cultures of fruit picking and the future of the seasonal agricultural labour.


  • Rowan Marshall of Peter Marshall Farms: Located near Alyth, Marshall use industry leading fruit farming methods coupled with cutting-edge technology to grow, manage and supply a range of high quality fresh fruits and produce. Marshall grows raspberries and blueberries as well as strawberries and cherries, supplying to leading high-street supermarket chains and food suppliers throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Heidi Saxby of the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University: Saxby’s recent PhD thesis entitled ‘I am not a number’ is a study on seasonal agricultural workers in labour-intensive production of fruit and vegetables in Yorkshire, England.
  • Facilitated by Kim Cameron of The Gin Bothy

Booking Details:

Entry is FREE, tickets are limited and pre-booking essential. Book your place here

This event will also be streamed live online below and via our YouTube channel.

Scottish Government Guidelines regarding Covid 19 will be followed to make this a safe event for everyone.

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