‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 16 – Gala Bailey-Barker at Plaw Hatch Farm

Gala Bailey-Barker is a first generation farmer who works at Plaw Hatch Farm, a biodynamic farm in Sussex. We spoke about biodynamics and organic farming, sheep worrying, getting started in agriculture if you are not from a farming background and IndieFarmer, an independent farming magazine (and much more!). You can follow Gala at @farmergala orContinue reading “‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 16 – Gala Bailey-Barker at Plaw Hatch Farm”

This week in farming, conservation and the countryside (9th March 2018)

This is the first post of a brand new section on thinkingcountry. Each Friday I will focus on a few of the events and things of interest that have happened during the previous week in farming, conservation and the countryside. It is something that I have been meaning to do for a while, but haven’tContinue reading “This week in farming, conservation and the countryside (9th March 2018)”

The Barriers to Diversification on Upland-Hill Livestock Grazing Farms – guest post by Max Hamer

Can farmers really afford to survive without subsidies? I am an Agricultural Degree student at Askham Bryan College in York studying in my final year. Growing up in a farming community in the Yorkshire Dales I have always had a great interest in agriculture. As part of the BSc Hons course, and in addition toContinue reading “The Barriers to Diversification on Upland-Hill Livestock Grazing Farms – guest post by Max Hamer”

Hydroponics: Pros and Cons of Hydroponic Gardening – Guest post by Dan Chabert

Hydroponic farming is one of the most misrepresented farming methods around the world. I mean, it sounds like an alien if not a futuristic concept growing food without a single grain of soil. One of the major reasons hydroponics has been gaining a foothold is because studies have shown that this farming type may soonContinue reading “Hydroponics: Pros and Cons of Hydroponic Gardening – Guest post by Dan Chabert”

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cupcakes

Many thanks to Holly for this latest recipe. You can find others by clicking here. …………………………………………………………………………… In this season one of my favourite things to eat is rhubarb, specifically the forced rhubarb that comes in a fantastic bright pink shade. The tender pink stems and sharp flavour are delicious and I think rhubarb is wonderfulContinue reading “Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cupcakes”