‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 39 – Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson (aka Female Farmer UK) is a young farmer originally from Essex who is now living and working in Kent. Katie recently founded Paddlesworth Produce through which she directly markets her own produce as well as the produce of other local producers. As part of this she has created a 'breakfast box', a 'Sunday roast … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 39 – Katie Anderson

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Meet the Farmers – episode 38 – Kit Papworth

Episode 38 of the Meet the Farmers podcast features Norfolk arable farmer Kit Papworth, who it was an absolute pleasure to interview. Kit was formerly Chair of Anglia Farmers, among other things, and is also an active social media user. We talk a great deal about #FarmerMentalHealth, particularly his experience in the wake of his … Continue reading Meet the Farmers – episode 38 – Kit Papworth

How urban farming is helping to make food more sustainable – Guest post by Daniel Slater

When we think of farming we imagine rural landscapes with huge fields extending as far as the eye can see. For the most part that's true, but it's not the only way: urban farming in and around cities is on the rise. What is urban farming? Urban farming is an umbrella term that covers all … Continue reading How urban farming is helping to make food more sustainable – Guest post by Daniel Slater

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 36 – Patrick and Brian Barker

Patrick and Brian Barker (aka The Barker Boys) grow cereals, herbage grass seed, linseed, spring beans and, until recently, oil seed rape, across 513 hectares in Suffolk.  Situated on the North Suffolk Claylands, the cousins have put active research at the heart of moving their business forwards as well as boosting biodiversity through conservation and … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 36 – Patrick and Brian Barker

Official Launch of Eat Farm Now!

Today is the official launch day of Eat Farm Now, an exciting new digital platform for all things food and farming. I'm proud to be contributing to the site alongside numerous other driven and talented individuals involved in the food and farming communications world. In short the site compiles the very best of podcasts, blog … Continue reading Official Launch of Eat Farm Now!

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 34 -William Kendall

Episode 34 of the podcast features Suffolk based organic farmer and entrepreneur William Kendall. William is the Chair of drinks company Cawston Press as well as an advisor to several other companies. He formerly led The New Covent Garden Soup Company as well as Green & Black’s and is a Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 34 -William Kendall

Spotlight on…the Nature Friendly Farming Network

There are many organisations doing important work in rural areas, bringing people together, providing support and improving the state of nature. 'Spotlight on...' profiles some of these. The Nature Friendly Farming Network is a farmer led, grass roots organisation which profiles a way of farming that puts nature and the environment at its heart. Very few … Continue reading Spotlight on…the Nature Friendly Farming Network

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 33 – Guy and Emily French

Episode 33 of the Meet the Farmers podcast features Guy and Emily French who run the innovative Foxes Farm business in north Essex. They grow for seasonal markets, focusing on Christmas Tree production as well as pumpkins which they sell wholesale to the Coop as well as selling direct to the public. They also run … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 33 – Guy and Emily French

‘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

Book Review – A Farmer’s Diary: A Year at High House Farm – by Sally Urwin

It is relatively rare that you find yourself reading a book whilst actively doing the things contained within its pages. I am currently in the middle of the lambing period on our Essex coastal farm. A round the clock watch is kept on our ewes and lambs: feeding, watering, bedding up and assisting mothers. The … Continue reading Book Review – A Farmer’s Diary: A Year at High House Farm – by Sally Urwin