Be more…Jane

The Wild One
by Kathleen Baird-Murray
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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

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What makes you feel wild?

A

My wilder days have possibly passed. Unfairness makes me upset. Creating beautiful things makes me feel passionate and energised.

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What one thing are you currently doing to make the planet greener?

A

I have been a practising biodynamic grower and farmer for over 20 years.

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Where does your soul most happily reside: city, countryside, or sea?

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I walk my farm most Sunday mornings. It is my most soulful time.

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The DJ fails to show up. What’s your go-to track to get everyone dancing?

A

There are so many! How about Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”? Always good fun.

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Who is the hero or heroine you’d be tongue-tied to find yourself sitting next to at a dinner?

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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.

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The message to your younger self?

A

Try to be more patient.

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Which world conflict would you like to see resolved first and how would you do it?

A

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.

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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?

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Someone stronger than myself to row the boat safely to shore. I would never feed anyone to the sharks.

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What qualities would you look for in a deputy?

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Someone who wants to gets things just right and will always do everything they can to do so.

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And what’s the key requirement for a lifetime partner of the romantic kind?

A

Humour and kindness. Super handsome would be a plus!

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What’s your favourite lazy-at-home dish to cook?

A

Chicken stock with egg noodles.

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What’s the retirement plan?

A

Not to retire.

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What’s your biggest bugbear about modern farming? hat things have got this far and correcting it is such an enormous task.

A

That things have got this far and correcting it is such an enormous task.

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And the thing you love about it the most?

A

Things are changing and people are reconnecting with the land and recognising how incredibly important it is to take care of it.

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What’s the easiest way to change to a healthier diet?

A

Cook from scratch.

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And the easiest way to update a kitchen cupboard?

A

Chilli, garlic, ginger and good olive oil, and always lemons.

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What’s the best advice for someone wanting to grow their own vegetable patch?

A

Get your boots on and get out there.

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Career high versus career low?

A

High is definitely working closely with Skye Gyngell at Spring and florist Kitten Grayson at Heckfield Place. Lows – having to go out in three feet of snow to feed the pigs, while having proper grown-up flu. It took me three hours.

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Career advice for the Jane wannabes?

A

Never compromise when it comes to true quality and beauty.

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What do you wish you had said to someone who has departed this earth?

A

Nothing I regret not saying, so perhaps thank you and wish you were here.

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The last time you prayed, who did you pray to, and were your prayers answered?

A

To the heavens, and yes I am sure they have.

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What superhero power would you most like to have and why?

A

To never feel tired or bad-tempered.

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Where do you get your therapy from?

A

Her name is Paula.

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Your book at bedtime?

A

Sorry, Netflix.

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Your epitaph?

A

Dread to think, I’ll leave that to someone else!

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What did you learn from the toughest time in your life?

A

Time will pass and you will feel better.

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And from the happiest?

A

Don’t make important decisions whilst in a euphoric state.

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You’re blowing out the candles on the birthday cake. What one thing do you wish for?

A

If I tell you, it won’t come true.

Images by Tom Bunning