Chris came to Forest Row in 1993 with his wife and two young children. He first stumbled across Tablehurst Farm at one of its very early open days in the summer of 1996 or 1997 and, despite having no prior knowledge of farming in any form, instantly felt a connection with the work going on there.
A few months later, Chris joined the Co-op committee, which he went on to chair for four years from 1999 to 2003. During this time, he was involved in bringing Plaw Hatch Farm into the Co-op, and in the process of transferring the land ownership at Tablehurst from Emerson College to St Anthony’s Trust, thus unifying the core land ownership on the two farms. Since leaving the Co-op committee, Chris has been active in our initiative in many ways. These have included helping to organize Tablehurst open days, editing the Co-op newsletter for more than ten years and, at different times, being a community member of both farms’ management committees.
During 2014 and 2015, Chris has been very active in supporting the process to develop a new long-term strategy for Tablehurst Farm. Chris feels that community is at the heart of the Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch initiative, and that engaging as many people as possible in the farms in diverse ways is the route to long-term sustainability.
About Tablehurst Farm
About Plaw Hatch Farm
PLAY EPISODE 5: CHRIS MARSHALL “FARM COMMUNITY INTERDEPENDENCE”