JOANNE farms with her husband Andrew and son Oscar in Cowfold, producing Silly Moo cider, Sussex-crossed red wagyu cattle and arable crops. They are Sussex Farmers of the Year.
What is your favourite place in Sussex?
Cowfold is where my heart is. There are lots of beautiful and interesting places in Sussex but Cowfold is home.
What do you love most about living in Sussex?
The sense of community especially amongst farmers and other food and drink producers, and our customers. The passion for excellence is inspiring.
What advice do you have for your 12-year-old self?
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams.
What is your most valued possession?
Tricky one. Does love count? If not, then health probably – certainly most taken for granted.
What is your biggest regret?
Not having finished my accountancy course when, aged 20, I was offered a job with more money, a car and no more night classes. Seemed like a good idea at the time but better training would have been useful.
What is your biggest fear?
Up until a few years ago that would have been failure. Farming and age have helped me realise how much more we learn when things don’t go to plan.
What is your proudest achievement?
Three children of whom Andrew and I are very proud.
Which five people (living or dead) would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
David Bowie who I loved (once over David Cassidy) but never saw in concert and would have to sing for his supper.
Charles ‘Turnip’ Townshend 1674 - 1738, an aristocrat who was partly responsible for the agricultural revolution who promoted the use of a four crop rotation.
Hilaire Belloc, poet in residence for Sussex for much of his life and author of cautionary tales for children. A witty and opinionated guest.
Theresa May. It would be great to have the chance to talk to her about her plans for the future of food production in the UK.
Ann Curtis, my mother, who was eventually diagnosed with dementia in 2006. I would have loved more time with her and actually a dinner just for two would be wonderful.