Tim Mead, MD of Yeo Valley, picks his favourite sites.

Tim Mead is the Managing Director of Yeo Valley, a family owned dairy based business.  After leaving school, Tim trained as an accountant in London before joining his father to work in the business in 1987.

In 1993, Tim initiated the transition of the farms to organic status, which allowed him subsequently to establish an organic range of dairy produce under the Yeo Valley brand. Yeo Valley is now the largest organic brand in the UK, purchasing organic milk from a West Country based cooperative, OMSCo, whose farmers put sustainability at the centre of their activities.

Tim loves the land and sustainable farming; which is evident in all he does – he is particularly committed to conservation and the further development of the British Dairy Industry.  In recognition of this, he was awarded The Dairy Industry Award in 2001 and Yeo Valley has been awarded The Queen's Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievements in Sustainable Development three times in 2001, 2006 and 2011.

Tim sees his role as helping support and grow British dairy output which is underpinned by Yeo Valley’s long term strategy to make organic dairy modern and accessible to all.  In Tim’s words "live for today but farm for tomorrow."

Permaculture - Everything you did not think you needed to know and then realising that knowing it is good. A publication full of lots of interesting articles and ideas dedicated to sustainable living, a perfect way for me to keep in touch with the cutting edge of the sustainability movement. 

Do Lectures - Inspiring to be able to listen to the pod casts about people getting on and doing things that make a difference. Real get up in the morning and make a decision today sort of stuff.  

Magic Seaweed - I could pretend to be an ace surfer but you need waves for body boarding as well! Magic Seaweed provides all the information could you need for a great weekend in North Devon.

The Orchard Pig - Coming from Somerset you have to support the cider makers, especially as this one helps me out with my home pressed efforts. They make a range of delicious Somerset ciders which can even be delivered to your door.

The Daily Mash - You can receive your news from many sources but if you want accuracy there is no better. A very funny and light-hearted take on daily current affairs.

The Organic Gardens - Wow, what a fab website and garden, it must have been created by a talented lady with impeccable taste. (I can also check up on what my wife has been up to.) Within the garden there is also a wonderful tearoom where, like the potting compost, everything from cakes to scones is homemade. You can keep up to date about the gardening and food events plus visiting times via the website.

8 November 2011