NicoleEditWelcome to the website of Nicole Vosper. I’m an anarchist organiser, agroecologist and designer based in Somerset in the South West of England.

The site provides a portfolio of my work as an organiser, designer, agroecologist, educator and writer. It gives a platform to the courses, workshops, events and projects that I organise.

My main interest is how to dismantle and replace industrial and animal agriculture with systems that are life-sustaining and liberatory. I learnt how to grow food in prison during a 3.5 year sentence for my role in fighting animal testing, as part of the historic campaign Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. I am passionate about animal liberation and that we really can meet our needs without cages.

brook endInside I also learnt about permaculture, horticulture, environmental science and more. It connected the dots for me between the factory farms, worker exploitation, ecological devastation and health inequalities created by our capitalist food system.

I help manage a 4-acre permaculture demonstration and education centre called Brook End in Somerset. We manage the land without farmed animal inputs, feeding visitors year-round, as well as the family. We are currently developing a plant nursery called Perennial Futures that aims to grow edible, medicinal and other perennial plants that can support humans and ecosystems adapt to climate change, restore soils and strengthen biodiversity.

My whole life is constant learning in community organising as I try to work on different strategic levels with diverse groups of people to meet their food, shelter, energy and social needs in ecological and socially just ways, as well as resist the relentless violence of industrial civilisation and capitalism.

feedavalonlogo1I started a workers cooperative called Feed Avalon, which works towards ecological and socially-just food production in Glastonbury, Street and surrounding areas. We run grassroots projects, organise courses and events, and do a ton of local community organising. I currently co-ordinate the EAT Project, organising accessible education and training in food system skills.

I strategically focus on building agroecology and food autonomy, and resisting prisons and repression. I think until struggles can become more resilient to repression, they will always be squashed by the state. Solidarity is what propels me and I’m interested in how this manifests beyond the internet and corporate social media. I centre my organising around supporting those experiencing repression, because I don’t feel people should ever have to face it alone.

I organise against prisons because they are our wounds and some of the most harmful places on earth. My time inside has changed me forever. I think prison abolition is a beautiful thing.

In November 2014, I completed my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. In October 2012 I graduated with a BSc Integrative Ecosocial Design with Gaia University. I am now working towards an MSc Political Agroecology that focuses on how we can accelerate the speed and scale of a transition to agroecology. Gaia University is the most radical education institution on the planet and has changed my life in untold ways.

My Herb GardenAs a designer, I specialise in designing plant-based systems, without farmed animals. I combine my knowledge and experience as a grower, with research from around the world about the viability of plant-based land use, such as veganic horticulture, forest gardening, agroforestry and more. I also use my passion and knowledge of herbalism and plant ecology to design medicinal landscapes and herb gardens.

I have undertaken consultancy projects with home gardens, small holders and farmers, as well as community projects and animal sanctuaries. Read more about my design services here. I only take on 2-3 design projects a year, because of the amount of organising work I do. If you are interested please email me.

I work as a Gaia University Advisor and Permaculture Diploma Tutor. I have supported associates and apprentices from all over the world. You can find out about my services here. I am passionate about community-based learning and popular education, as well as exploring critical and anarchist pedagogies. I also teach an annual Vegan Permaculture Design Course.

IMG_6975I have a serious passion for soil and helped to organise the first SoilHack Gathering in the UK. SoilHack is a knowledge sharing network focused on soil. I believe we already have the knowledge and understanding of regenerative soil care, but need to do the movement building and organising work to get those practices implemented around the world.

I am also a passionate DIY herbalist and was involved in organising the first Radical Herbalism Gathering. I grow a huge variety of medicinal plants, make medicines in my kitchen and try to share with others what I have learnt so far. I also grow and dry plants, and make medicines, for Herbalists without Borders in Bristol.

mewithmull I feel passionately about exploring liberating models of self care and community care.  In 2016, I burnt out pretty bad and started writing about my recovery in my Overcoming Burnout series.

On this website you can see my learning, organising, designing, educational, research and writing work towards these goals in my life.

Oh, and I also love hardcore, kickboxing and tattoos. Probably obvious.

You can download my full CV here.

Please get in touch if these words speak to you: nicole@emptycagesdesign.org