Meet the Farmers – episode 48 – Andy Dibben and Kate Yells

This is the first in a series of trips on Meet the Farmers to farms in the Cotswolds, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and north Wales. Back in September and early October I went on a podcast road trip meeting farmers along the way. Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester was my first stop and I was shown around … Continue reading Meet the Farmers – episode 48 – Andy Dibben and Kate Yells

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Book Review – Bloom – by Ruth Kassinger

Writing 339 pages about algae is an impressive feat (including recipes, but excluding bibliography and index). What is even more impressive however is making a subject that might stereotypically be met with groans or raised eyebrows engaging. Algae is fascinating and I knew very little about it before reading this book. I have come to … Continue reading Book Review – Bloom – by Ruth Kassinger

10 Ideas for Creating a Sustainable School Campus – guest post by Aimee Laurence

Sustainability and environmentally friendly developments are dependent on concerted effort from the bottom up. One of the places where a single individual can make a huge difference is on school campuses. Students showing initiative and lobbying for alterations to be made is likely going to be received well, with much of what they want changed … Continue reading 10 Ideas for Creating a Sustainable School Campus – guest post by Aimee Laurence

Learning Innovation from Nature – Guest Post by Sophia Sanchez

When John Dewey, the philosopher and educational reformer said, education is not preparation for life; education is life itself, it emphasized in a way, the underlying fact that education is lifelong. As we spend a predominant part of adult life working to make a living, understanding the difference between plain vanilla work, and purposeful work … Continue reading Learning Innovation from Nature – Guest Post by Sophia Sanchez

Meet the Farmers (LIVE!) – episode 43 – The Tendring Hundred Show

Episode 43 comes to you from the Tendring Hundred Show which was held back in July. I spoke to Emma Stobart (RSPB), David Lord (local farmer), Dave Smart (Essex Wildlife Trust) and Barbara Sharp (Essex Beekeepers) about farming, conservation and the future of the countryside in the Countryside Ring at the Show. https://soundcloud.com/user-396010157/meet-the-farmers-episode-43-at-the-tendring-hundred-show    

Climate Change: Vital Signs from the Planet and Its Impact on us – Guest post by Shannon Minnis

Climate change is a hot topic these days, and yes, the pun is intended. That’s because the Earth is changing at a much faster rate than it has in the past. It’s no wonder scientists are starting to become concerned. Because the term is politically charged, people tend to avoid learning more. However, it’s important … Continue reading Climate Change: Vital Signs from the Planet and Its Impact on us – Guest post by Shannon Minnis

The Most Exciting Technologies in Ecology

Measuring, recording and tracking our environment and wildlife has become standardised in many ways, with widely used software. However, in the last few years technology itself has changed the way ecological consultancy works on a day-to-day basis – from site surveys to endangered species monitoring, and here are just a few advances that are exciting … Continue reading The Most Exciting Technologies in Ecology

Meet the Farmers – episode 41 – Phil Jarvis

Episode 41 of the Meet the Farmers podcast is now available featuring Phil Jarvis who is Head of farming at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's Allerton Project in Leicestershire. Phil has farmed at the Allerton Project since the 1990s and since then has experimented with a vast range of strategies to understand how to farm … Continue reading Meet the Farmers – episode 41 – Phil Jarvis

Can You Help The Environment With The Way You Pay?

When we think about sustainability and how to help the environment, how we pay for things isn’t usually a topic that comes to mind. Traditional payment methods are so deeply ingrained in our society that most of us never give them a second thought, let alone consider environmental ramifications or possible alternatives. Furthermore, it’s certainly … Continue reading Can You Help The Environment With The Way You Pay?

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 32 – Spencer Christy

Lauriston Farm is a 210 acre biodynamic farm on the Essex coast, not far from Maldon. Quite recently the farm's director, Spencer Christy, decided to reach out to the local community and make the farm community owned. Spencer has a background in environmental science and we spent a good deal of time talking about farming … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 32 – Spencer Christy