Compost is a new black material; it is comparative in appearance and surface to potting soil. Compost is typically delivered when organic material separates and decays (a procedure known as composting). It is otherwise called black gold. We spoke to Redshed about how to compost, as well as the importance of compost, its resources and … Continue reading How to Compost: Importance, Resources and Its Uses – guest post by Melissa Weir
There are a lot of misconceptions about soil pH that keep on popping up, and this fake information can hurt a lot of gardeners and farmers. To clear things up, we’ve listed four things that you need to know about soil pH. But before we begin to discuss these four facts. Let’s first understand the … Continue reading The Four Things You Need to Know About Soil pH – Guest post by Ella Wilson
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 or … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 16 – Gala Bailey-Barker at Plaw Hatch Farm
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't … Continue reading This week in farming, conservation and the countryside (9th March 2018)
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 to … Continue reading The Barriers to Diversification on Upland-Hill Livestock Grazing Farms – guest post by Max Hamer
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 soon … Continue reading Hydroponics: Pros and Cons of Hydroponic Gardening – Guest post by Dan Chabert
Last month I spoke to four farmers who are part of the Nature Friendly Farming Network which was launched at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. Listen on for more details.