Cafe Botanique, Thursday, March 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

Frank Henderson in 2016 (left) and at Oathills Farm with two brothers in the 1950s
plucking chickens and wearing home made lambskin jackets (Frank on the left.)

Sustainable Farming and Carbon Sequestration in Farm Soils
Frank (Francis) Henderson, Oathill Farm, Cotswold, U.K.

Frank Henderson is the son of George Henderson, author of “The Farming Ladder,” a classic in agricultural practice published in 1943. He has farmed at Oathill Farm on the Cotswolds all his life, taking over the farm for his parents.

Along with his sister Louise, Henderson raised pigs and produced hay for 40 years. While they no longer have livestock, they remain among the U.K.'s leading small specialist producers of Race Horse Hay.

An inventor and builder of farm machinery, Henderson has won national awards for his innovations and even created a famous bale stacking machine. He was local chairman of the National Farmers Union and currently serves as Chairman of The Oxfordshire Agricultural Discussion Society (TOADS).

Just last summer, the BBC aired a program about Oathill Farm and the the sustainable farming that George Henderson initiated. It also includes a short interview with Frank Henderson. (

Don’t miss this special opportunity!