About Joel Williams:
I am a soils enthusiast and passionate about soil biology, sustainable farming, education and am a firm believer in the old adage 'knowledge is power'. I offer independent crop and soil health consultancy and provide lectures and workshops to producers on a range of soil health related topics. I have worked on conventional and organic farms improving farming practices in Australia before heading to the UK where I was investigating biological farming principles and providing soil chemical and biological assessments to primary producers throughout Europe. After this, I returned to Australia educating growers particularly on soil biology as well as working for Australia's leading organic certification body. Now back in the UK, I am currently studying an MSc in Food Policy. I have a Bachelor of Agricultural Science specialising in crop and soil sciences and a keen interest in managing soil microbial ecology and plant & soil nutrition to optimise plant immunity, soil health and soil carbon sequestration. I have a passion for teaching and sharing both scientific and practical knowledge on sustainable growing practices and I have been fortunate enough to educate farming audiences in Australia, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Latvia, South Africa, Kenya, Canada and the US. I have been a keen gardener for years and years and am pleased to see more and more consumers around the world engage with food through urban gardening and peri-urban agriculture. I also work to strengthen this connection between consumers and their food and am currently the grower for Growhampton at The University of Roehampton - creating an edible campus and growing vegetables to teach young adults about sustainability through food growing. I have also helped pilot and develop outdoor and food education for school children both within schools and beyond as part of half-term holiday clubs through a great project in South London called Urban Wild.