Angus was not born a farmer; he’s a former London finance professional who today farms an enormous property of 600 hectares.
What is immediately captivating with him is the very congenial and direct contact, and his determination.
We meet him on an immense tableland bordered by hills and mountains. On the one hand, you’d think you were in Beaujolais country, on the other, in Montana. He presents us his stock of cattle grazing on a tiny plot and depositing natural fertilizer, before they will move on to a different area in a few days. Then a concept of mobile poultry houses that also serve the role of fertilizers. Followed by a magnificent organic vegetable garden that supplies a neighboring restaurant, before visiting living spaces with different areas dedicated to all kinds of activities. Everything has been carefully thought-out and implemented with a highly-developed aesthetic sense.
For Angus, the most important thing is experience, his own or other people’s. And the essential thing is to make it accessible, to share it. To create a living database from which everyone can draw, according to his goals and convictions. Then the idea of connecting farmers of the world and sharing their practices, viewpoints, and understandings seems self-evident to him.
Angus has the opportunity of perceiving the agricultural reality of Man and the Earth, oriented towards the future; with substantial material means, he offers us the opportunity of seeing how they can be used, not as a goal in themselves, but as a tool in order to create something beautiful, good, and true for everyone.
If a reconciliation is possible between the signs of outward success and a much more responsible approach to cultivating the Earth and to the life of Man, one can only hope that the example that Angus lives will not be an exception…
from Bernard for la Terre et les Hommes, 7 mars 2011