Connecting with the reality of farming animals for meat

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Ruth Tudor

Ruth Tudor

“Eating, the act of putting something inside us, is a deeply intimate act but one which we can do without awareness, with unease, with ambivalence. It is a great privilege to work with others in this area, to explore our relationships with food, including the sources of that food and the impact of the choices we make on ourselves and others.”

Ruth was born in 1963 and grew up on a large traditional hill farm in Snowdonia with her Welsh farmer vet father and midwife mother (bi-lingual Welsh/English) where they grew nothing except meat! After completing a History degree from Cambridge University, Ruth lived abroad in India for a while before doing teacher training at Manchester Polytechnic. She went on to teach in inner city secondary schools becoming Head of Faculty in a Hackney comprehensive.

After the birth of her two sons, Taliesin and Cai, Ruth left teaching and became National Curriculum Officer for History for England and Wales. She also was the History Adviser representative for the UK at the Council of Europe and published a range of books on history and on teaching and learning for both adults and children.

After moving from London to Trealy Farm she continued her education work but became increasingly interested and active in farming, running Trealy Farm (135 acres) and, since April 2009, managing her family farm (1800 acres) in north Wales. She also qualified as a counsellor and embarked on psychotherapy training. She is now in her sixth year and has a private practice in Abergavenny.