‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 20 – Martyn Bergius

The third stop on my Scottish Borders road trip was to visit the Bergius family on their heavily diversified organic dairy farm near Galashiels. Their dairy herd consists of Swedish Reds, Montbeliards, Friesians and Danish breeds and they also keep a flock of Lleyn sheep, two large flocks of Columbian Black Tail chickens and make … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 20 – Martyn Bergius

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‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 19 – Jim Shanks

The second stop on my recent road trip was to Jim Shanks' farm in the Scottish Borders, near Hawick. Jim is a dairy farmer but is also heavily diversified and grows 300 tonnes of red tomatoes each year as well as having a biomass boiler and anaerobic digestor connecting the whole system, cleverly using the … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 19 – Jim Shanks

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 18 – Matt Naylor

I've been conscious that Meet the Farmers has been somewhat south and east focused so far, so last week I set off on a road trip to south east Scotland (including the Highland Show), stopping off at farms along the way. On the first day I called by flower grower Matt Naylor's place in Lincolnshire. … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 18 – Matt Naylor

Making hay while the sun shines

Unless you have downloaded the Met Office app, set your alarm for 6.25pm to catch the evening weather forecast, own a weather station or simply keep one eye permanently fixed on the sky you cannot really call yourself a proper Brit. As a nation we are frankly obsessed with the weather. This is often called … Continue reading Making hay while the sun shines

New report suggests that trees on farms are essential to improve productivity and environmental protection post Brexit

Major agroforestry trials should be established during the EU withdrawal period according to a report launched today by the Woodland Trust and the Soil Association. The policy document, entitled “Agroforestry in England: Benefits, Barriers and Opportunities” also suggests that government support for farmer-led research and innovation networks seeking to integrate trees and agriculture should be trialled. … Continue reading New report suggests that trees on farms are essential to improve productivity and environmental protection post Brexit

How Does The Modern Fish Farm Impact on the Earth? – guest post by Justin Hester

The Impacts of Fish Farming Industrial fish farming poses a substantial risk to the health of our planet's oceans. The complex ecosystem that lives beneath our waters is easily susceptible to the effects of pollution and other forms of human interaction. Fish farming not only threatens sea life, but also harms the livelihoods of the … Continue reading How Does The Modern Fish Farm Impact on the Earth? – guest post by Justin Hester

Mental Health Awareness Week, therapists and the need to support those in need

All this week people have been talking about mental health as part of 'Mental Health Awareness Week', a project that has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001. This year's theme is 'stress: are we coping?', looking at stress and how it is impacting on our lives. The #FarmerMentalHealth campaign that has been … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week, therapists and the need to support those in need

#FarmerMentalHealth and Considering Online Therapy

It has been brilliant to see the subject of mental health increasingly embraced within the farming and broader rural community in recent months. On twitter there is a hashtag #FarmerMentalHealth which can be used by anybody wishing to discuss the subject or perhaps link to an interesting story or something to inspire or help others. … Continue reading #FarmerMentalHealth and Considering Online Therapy

Woodland Trust event calls for farmers to respond to Defra Command Paper

Last week I attended an event organised by the Woodland Trust and hosted by Stephen Briggs at his farm in Cambridgeshire. The aim of the afternoon was partly to introduce farmers to the potential for using agroforestry on their farms, partly to discuss the Defra 'Health and Harmony' consultation document and partly to encourage delegates … Continue reading Woodland Trust event calls for farmers to respond to Defra Command Paper

How to Compost: Importance, Resources and Its Uses – guest post by Melissa Weir

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