Fifteen months ago an idea came into my head. Wouldn't it be brilliant if some of the young farmers and conservationists who are just starting out in their careers could come together at an event to learn from each other, talk with each other and build connections. After all, as individual organisations and networks Young … Continue reading The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together
At the Birdfair in 2016 a plan for an event was formed and tomorrow it will finally become reality. For the first time members of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and A Focus on Nature, the UK youth conservation network, will come together to learn about conservation on farmland today and discuss the … Continue reading #farmenviro30
Bloggers can become slightly obsessed by statistics. For me they help to give you an idea of the kinds of topics that readers are interested in and it's always nice to know that more people are reading your work, but it stops at that. However, something I have found of great interest by looking at … Continue reading Why such interest in the soil?
In a recent policy document the NFU has suggested that continuing direct payments (at least in the short-term) in a new British Agricultural Policy will be crucial to help farm businesses deal with volatility. Before I read the report I must admit that I had become convinced that withdrawing as much support as possible is … Continue reading How crucial are direct payments for farmers?
For this episode I visited Fiona Provan, who runs the Calf at Foot Dairy in Suffolk, a 'pioneering microdairy founded on the belief that cows should keep their calves until their natural weaning age'. N.b this episode contains language that may be offensive to some.
It's now a few years since I came across the concept of 'rewilding' and read George Monbiot's Feral, far from the first book to tackle the subject, but perhaps the one that holds the crown for popularising it to such an extent and garnering a more established 'movement' of rewilding within conservation circles. Over that same period … Continue reading Rewilding – still learning
You don’t expect to receive a phone call telling you that one of your best friends has taken his own life. But in January 2016, I did. Like you’d expect, the news rocked me, and I didn’t know what to say or how to react, I felt helpless. Joe was one of my closest friends … Continue reading ‘Education on Mental health is essential when one farmer a week takes their own life’ – Guest post by Jerome Fielder