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 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
Late night posts are never usually a good idea, but having just returned from an event down in mid Essex it seems right to pen my thoughts straight away, while it's fresh in my head. This evening I went along to a Young Farmers Club event near Chelmsford, chaired by the ever inspiring Ed Ford … Continue reading Meeting Defra
Fifteen months ago an idea came into my head. Wouldn't it be brilliant if some of the young farmers and conservationists who are just starting out in their careers could come together at an event to learn from each other, talk with each other and build connections. After all, as individual organisations and networks Young … Continue reading The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together
You don’t expect to receive a phone call telling you that one of your best friends has taken his own life. But in January 2016, I did. Like you’d expect, the news rocked me, and I didn’t know what to say or how to react, I felt helpless. Joe was one of my closest friends … Continue reading ‘Education on Mental health is essential when one farmer a week takes their own life’ – Guest post by Jerome Fielder
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.
The impacts on agriculture in the UK from introducing a new predator have yet to be determined. As humans, we have made huge impacts on this world—some of them good, and some of them bad. With the growth of our population and the need to feed those people, we have developed technologies and techniques that … Continue reading How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk
Tomorrow, like every Friday, I will receive my regular Farmers Weekly through the post. Occasionally I get the time to read it cover to cover. Sometimes it takes me a couple of days. Mostly however I will dip in and out of the pages (as I do with other magazines and papers) as the week … Continue reading Farmers Weekly’s Philip Clarke says ‘the time has come for farmers to speak up’.
Paul Kelly is a turkey farmer from near Chelmsford in Essex. Last month I spoke to him about life, family and turkeys at Claydons Farm. To find out more about his business visit kellyturkeys.co.uk Presented and Produced by: Ben Eagle Audio Mastering by: Tom Bland.
With more than 290,000 people working in farming, and more than 70% of the UK’s land under agricultural use, farming has a huge impact, directly and indirectly, on all of us. With many farmers and related businesses operating on both sides of the Scottish border, there would inevitably be significant repercussions for many companies, if … Continue reading How much of an Impact could Scottish Independence have on Farmers in Scotland? – Guest Post by Justin Fox