Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month, Jane Scotter, founder of biodynamic farm Fern Verrow dreads feeding her pigs after a heavy snowfall and cooks a mean chicken stock with egg noodles
What makes you feel wild?
My wilder days have possibly passed. Unfairness makes me upset. Creating beautiful things makes me feel passionate and energised.
What one thing are you currently doing to make the planet greener?
I have been a practising biodynamic grower and farmer for over 20 years.
Where does your soul most happily reside: city, countryside, or sea?
I walk my farm most Sunday mornings. It is my most soulful time.
The DJ fails to show up. What’s your go-to track to get everyone dancing?
There are so many! How about Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”? Always good fun.
Who is the hero or heroine you’d be tongue-tied to find yourself sitting next to at a dinner?
I don’t think I have a hero as such, and I don’t think I would be tongue-tied. There is always something one can find in common.
The message to your younger self?
Try to be more patient.
Which world conflict would you like to see resolved first and how would you do it?
A very big question… I would be Prime Minister if I had the answers. I think if we were all much more compassionate to one another many conflicts would be solved.
You’re on a raft adrift in the ocean; the sharks are circling. Who is your companion to get you to shore safely? And who would you feed to the sharks?
Someone stronger than myself to row the boat safely to shore. I would never feed anyone to the sharks.
What qualities would you look for in a deputy?
Someone who wants to gets things just right and will always do everything they can to do so.
And what’s the key requirement for a lifetime partner of the romantic kind?
Humour and kindness. Super handsome would be a plus!
What’s your favourite lazy-at-home dish to cook?
Chicken stock with egg noodles.
What’s the retirement plan?
Not to retire.
What’s your biggest bugbear about modern farming? hat things have got this far and correcting it is such an enormous task.
That things have got this far and correcting it is such an enormous task.
And the thing you love about it the most?
Things are changing and people are reconnecting with the land and recognising how incredibly important it is to take care of it.
What’s the easiest way to change to a healthier diet?
Cook from scratch.
And the easiest way to update a kitchen cupboard?
Chilli, garlic, ginger and good olive oil, and always lemons.
What’s the best advice for someone wanting to grow their own vegetable patch?
Get your boots on and get out there.
Career advice for the Jane wannabes?
Never compromise when it comes to true quality and beauty.
What do you wish you had said to someone who has departed this earth?
Nothing I regret not saying, so perhaps thank you and wish you were here.
The last time you prayed, who did you pray to, and were your prayers answered?
To the heavens, and yes I am sure they have.
What superhero power would you most like to have and why?
To never feel tired or bad-tempered.
Where do you get your therapy from?
Her name is Paula.
Your book at bedtime?
Dread to think, I’ll leave that to someone else!
What did you learn from the toughest time in your life?
Time will pass and you will feel better.
And from the happiest?
Don’t make important decisions whilst in a euphoric state.
You’re blowing out the candles on the birthday cake. What one thing do you wish for?
If I tell you, it won’t come true.
Images by Tom Bunning