Woodworking projects around your farm can change the way that your business functions, and you can use a number of mechanical saws to get the work done. You might purchase a couple of saws that you can use to do small projects around the place, or you might need something much larger to complete larger projects … Continue reading Five Woodworking Projects To Improve Your Farm – Guest post by James Niehaus
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
‘’Many people travel in search of the exotic and the unfamiliar. I was travelling in search of home, in the hope of knowing and understanding where I could call home.’’ Love of Country tells the story of several journeys made by Madeleine Bunting to the islands off the west coast of Scotland, known as the … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey’ by Madeleine Bunting
I came across the Rural Youth Project in this week's Farmers Weekly, a small paragraph on p.8, and this led me to their website. In short the RYP is a research project that aims to better understand the current 'aspirations, opportunities and challenges' of young people (18-28), mostly in Scotland but also in England, Wales, … Continue reading The Rural Youth Project
I visited the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells, Powys last month. Here's my take on the show, as part of the Meet the Farmers podcast series, with a particular focus on young farmers and younger handlers. I find out what it's like to live in rural Wales as a young person.
Today is the final day of the Royal Welsh Show. The Royal Welsh is one of the largest and best attended agricultural shows in the country. It runs for four days and is held at the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells. Around 250,000 people flock to the area to celebrate Welsh rural life, food … Continue reading My Day at the Royal Welsh
You may not have heard of it, but 'The Rural Coalition' recently published its 2017 statement, outlining the policy priorities and actions that it thinks will be required to sail rural communities through Brexit and beyond in a safe and secure (as opposed to strong and stable) manner. The Rural Coalition is exactly what it … Continue reading Rural Coalition Statement 2017
Ed Ford is an arable farmer from near Brentwood in Essex, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs and a Trustee of Forage Aid.
I have certain friends who are a) good storytellers and b) seem to get into situations that led themselves to good stories. There are many aspects to what makes a good storyteller, but for the best voices it is often difficult to pin down what makes them so successful. For me, a good storyteller must … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Not a Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane’s World’ by Jane A Schmidt
The events of recent months, especially in the light of yesterday's result across the pond, are a sure sign that we a living in an epoch of 'post truth politics'. Emotion and the power of story telling seems to run the roost above the plight of policy makers, who are desperately trying to push their … Continue reading ‘Post Truth Politics’ and the rise of the Right in the European Countryside