Phil Sumption

Job Title: 

Research Communication Officer

At heart I am an organic grower, though I can wear research, advisory or communications hats. Having grown up on a farm I went to Wye College to read Rural Environment Studies and stumbled across organic farming as a way of combining food production and environmental objectives.  Hooked, I worked and volunteered on several organic farms and gardens before managing the growing at Radford Mill Farm, near Bristol.

After 2 years VSO in Lao PDR for a provincial agricultural department I returned to the UK and worked at HDRA (later Garden Organic) in the research department on field scale veg production, variety trials, genetic resources and more! Simultaneously I converted a walled garden at Cotesbach to organic production and delivered conversion advice under OCIS. 

I joined ORC in 2013 as Research Communications Officer. I am passionate about organic farming and growing and can’t keep my hands out of the dirt! My career has been about communicating the knowledge generated by research and farmer experience to enable organic growth (puns always intended).  When scrubbed up I enjoy walking, taking photos and following Yeovil Town FC. I am most proud of the Organic Grower, which I edit and produce for the OGA.