Winter pruning of Sea Buckthorn

You might think that the summer is the busiest time of year on a farm, and you'd probably be right. However, at all times of year there is something to be done. On our Essex farm at the moment a small team is intent in our task of winter pruning sea buckthorn plants, ensuring we … Continue reading Winter pruning of Sea Buckthorn

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‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 13 – Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018

This special podcast episode was recorded at the Oxford Real Farming Conference last week. The podcast offers a flavour of this year's conference and includes interviews and short clips from sessions including the Q&A with Defra Secretary Michael Gove, led by Zac Goldsmith MP. Thank you to everybody who spoke to me including: Kath Dalmeny, Miles … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 13 – Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 12 – Eddie Andrew at Our Cow Molly

Eddie Andrew lived in central Manchester and worked as an agricultural engineer before returning to work on his family's dairy farm which is on the outskirts of Sheffield. His family's brand Our Cow Molly won the Future Food award at the BBC Food and Farming awards in 2016. Growing from their roots as a family dairy … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 12 – Eddie Andrew at Our Cow Molly

A new year and another Oxford Trip

Happy new year to you all! I hope that your celebrations, no matter where you were in the world on New Year's Eve, were full of hope and joy to welcome the new year in. The turning of the year is always an opportunity to reframe things in your mind, set plans for the year … Continue reading A new year and another Oxford Trip

5 Ways Farms Can Save Water During a Drought

This is a guest post written by freelance writer Maria Reyes.  Water supply is perhaps one of the most crucial elements in ensuring a successful harvest. To help guarantee the maximum growth of the plants while conserving this precious resource, it’s imperative to deliver just the right amount of water to crops at the right … Continue reading 5 Ways Farms Can Save Water During a Drought

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 11 – Tom Martin

Tom Martin returned to his family's farm in Cambridgeshire a few years ago after several years working in various different industries. As well as managing the arable side of things on the farm he's now active in a range of farming linked organisations, including the NFU, CLA, LEAF and East of England Agricultural Society. Recently … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 11 – Tom Martin

Today is World Soil Day

It's that time of year again when everyone should join in soilidarity (I'm ashamed that I can't take the credit for this pun - I've seen it on twitter a hundred times or more already today) to celebrate soils and raise awareness of their plight. Yes, it's 'world soil day'! The changing nature of our soils is … Continue reading Today is World Soil Day