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Former political editor changes career to become organic farmer

David McKayA former political editor has spoken to his old newspaper about his new career as an organic farmer.

David McKay, who used to hold the role at Aberdeen daily the Press & Journal, has just started a new job as head of policy for Soil Association Scotland and is set to start an Organic Farming Master’s degree.

David, pictured, became interested in organic farming after growing vegetables at home.

The 44-year-old had worked in communications since leaving the P&J in 2015.

He told his old paper: “I was already growing vegetables as a hobby at home and wanted to learn more about farming, with a view to a career change.”

David added: “I am very pleased that I’ve been able to get through this course by working in the evenings and on weekends.

“I consider myself very lucky to have been taught by people who wrote some of the core textbooks on this subject and have been involved in academic research that is regularly cited by others.

“I am only a few weeks into my new job, and we are all still working from home due to Covid-19, but I am very much enjoying it so far and I am delighted to be part of a great team here.”