‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 30 – Jonny Crickmore

From putting 30 litres of raw milk in a fridge to selling cheese all over the country and further afield Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore's story is certainly an inspiring one in a few years when dairy farming seems to have faced little but bad news. Jonny's Baron Bigod cheese, made from the milk of his … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 30 – Jonny Crickmore

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Chris Packham and the Nature Friendly Farming Network

https://vimeo.com/281481593 I recently visited Martin Lines, UK Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network. Martin invites large numbers of people to his farm each year to show them what he is doing to improve the state of nature on his farm. One of those guests was Chris Packham who organised a bioblitz to take place … Continue reading Chris Packham and the Nature Friendly Farming Network

#FarmerHealth – Meeting Anna Groom of AEG Nutrition

Regular readers of this blog will notice that mental and physical health, particularly within the farming community are becoming fairly frequent subjects on Thinking Country. To continue the theme I recently visited Anna Groom, who is an HCPC Registered Dietician and Sports Dietician  from Suffolk. Alongside working for the NHS Anna runs AEG nutrition which … Continue reading #FarmerHealth – Meeting Anna Groom of AEG Nutrition

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 29 – Martin Lines

Episode 29 of the Meet the Farmers podcast features Cambridgeshire arable farmer and UK Chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, Martin Lines. We spoke at length about farming and conservation, the growth of the network and the work that Martin is doing on his own farm to improve the state of nature there. Also … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 29 – Martin Lines

Talking Health and Wellbeing with Liz Earle MBE

Farming can be the best job in the world. However, sometimes it can also be one of the most stressful, especially at the moment with all the uncertainty relating to Brexit. The long hours, financial pressure, dealing with the weather and other unforeseeable events can take its toll. The press have taken hold of this … Continue reading Talking Health and Wellbeing with Liz Earle MBE

Meet the Farmers – episode 28 – ‘Searching for Common Ground at the Oxford Farming Conference and the Oxford Real Farming Conference’

Every January well over a thousand people gather in Oxford to talk all things connected to food and farming, at the Oxford Farming Conference and the Oxford Real Farming Conference. For the first time I attended both conferences in an attempt to search for common ground and to see whether delegates would be interested in … Continue reading Meet the Farmers – episode 28 – ‘Searching for Common Ground at the Oxford Farming Conference and the Oxford Real Farming Conference’

Searching for Common Ground at the ORFC and the OFC

I will be spending the next couple of days at the 10th Oxford Real Farming Conference and the 73rd Oxford Farming Conference and my mission is simple, but also overwhelmingly complex: to search for common ground between the two. How are these two conferences similar and how are they still fundamentally different? Is there a … Continue reading Searching for Common Ground at the ORFC and the OFC

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 27 – Guy Smith

Episode 27 of the Meet the Farmers podcast features Essex farmer and Deputy President of the National Farmers Union, Guy Smith. Much of Guy's land lies below sea level, similar to my own family's farm which is situated just a few miles north, so his farm is at long term threat from sea level rise. … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 27 – Guy Smith

Michael Gove to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference

In January I'll be heading to the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the Oxford Farming Conference. For the first time I'll be bringing you Meet the Farmers podcast episodes from both conferences, which I am very excited for. It's going to be a logistical challenge working out in which venue to be at which time … Continue reading Michael Gove to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference

New film: ‘The Carbon Farmer’

The Carbon Farmer presents a vision for UK Peatland conservation, agriculture and climate action. Before reading on you may wish to view the film itself (it's only just over 7 minutes long). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAPGQ1wEJ08&t=2s I was privileged to be involved in this project (in a very small way) from the start, speaking to the film's producer, … Continue reading New film: ‘The Carbon Farmer’