Nessie Reid is a Spiritual Ecologist and performance artist working on themes surrounding access to land, food waste and sustainable agriculture in the UK, proposing the need for radical systemic change within our current food and farming system: one which is becoming increasingly unsustainable, and unhealthy, for both planet and people. Based on an organic farm in South West Wales, Nessie is Programme Manger for The Oxford Real Farming Conference.
She is also Managing Editor for Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth: a quarterly, scientific publication from Biodiversity Conservancy International, a role which keeps her updated with wider, global ecological perspectives.
Having received a research scholarship from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Nessie researched the role indigenous art in preserving diasporic Tibetan culture and religion in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India and Nepal, as well as the impact Chinese rule has over Tibetan identity and cultural heritage. This fuelled her interest in the link between agriculture, land-grabbing, ecocide and climate change. Following her degree, and based on this inquiry, Nessie worked in India, the Philippines, Japan, Spain, Italy and Indonesia for the ICCA Consortium. During these three years she witnessed the catastrophic ecological damage caused by large scale intensive agriculture – namely oil palm – and the displacement of local and indigenous communities as a result.
Returning back to Bristol, her home-town, Nessie began working as Project Coordinator for This is Rubbish, a community-interest company, aiming to communicate the preventable scale of food wasted in the UK, through policy research, community and arts led public events. She co-coordinated Stop The Rot: a campaign to engage one major grocery company and four MPs in committing to piloting and advocating a one year food waste audit. Before moving to South West Wales, she was also part of the internal core team for Beacon Farms: a Community Benefit Society training a new generation of sustainable food producers on Bristol’s fertile Blue Finger land.