Farm Manager of TV’s famous ‘Jimmy's Farm’, Dave Finkle is a TV presenter in his own right and along with being an expert in all things to do with agriculture, horticulture, wholesome living, supermarket activity, consumer affairs (food related) and rural pursuits he is the World’s Pumpkin Expert, holding Two World Records in pumpkin carving. Strange but true...
Passionate about sustainable farming, eating fruit and veg in season, eating British meat, humane slaughter and growing your own, Dave is married with a daughter. If he is not on the farm, then he will be busy writing food production articles for the media or speaking at events.
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Dave Finkle’s farming background is diverse. Passionate about farming, Dave started his agricultural career as soon as he could walk. By the age of 16 he had built up his own flock of 200 breeding ewes. After completing agricultural college, Dave worked for the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, became a Prototype Test Driver for CAT UK, lectured at Writtle Agricultural College and was also responsible for the management of a 3000 acre mixed livestock/arable farm. Dave has a very wide vision. Ever alert, he watches the relationship between food producers and consumers. He loves to celebrate the vast array of products, production methods employed, and pays attention to the way story is told. “The food on your plate is no different to the clothes on you wear. Its all about fashion & quality.” He graduated with a National Diploma in Agriculture and has worked his way through the Agricultural ranks to become Farm Manager of TV’s famous 'Jimmy’s Farm' and working with Jimmy Doherty and Jamie Oliver on a number of projects.
Dave also has an artistic streak. His creative art of pumpkin carving has attributed to appearances on TV shows such as 'GMTV', 'Soccer AM', 'Paul O’Grady Show' and the Tate Modern, Harrods, Hamleys, and news papers around the world. Dave Finkle has also set new benchmarks for the single fastest carved pumpkin and the most pumpkins carved in one hour. His time of 20.03 for the first record was three seconds faster than the old mark, whilst 102 carved pumpkins in the 60 minutes was double the old record. Dave's attempts were filmed by BBC One’s 'Countryfile' programme which was aired on Halloween in 2010. He said “There was a guy called Stephen Clarke in America who held a couple of pumpkin world records and I wanted them, it was as simple as that." The records were the latest chapter in his pumpkin carving adventure. His 3D carvings of the likes of Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, Simon Cowell and Wayne Rooney have seen him gain national and international media coverage.
On a more serious note one of the most important aspects of his work is delivering his expertise to the youth of today and he believes that education can be delivered in a very proactive and informal way. This work has inspired him to continue on a much broader scale, telling the story of food production and inspiring children to grow their own.