Meet the Farmers – episode 48 – Andy Dibben and Kate Yells

This is the first in a series of trips on Meet the Farmers to farms in the Cotswolds, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and north Wales. Back in September and early October I went on a podcast road trip meeting farmers along the way. Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester was my first stop and I was shown aroundContinue reading “Meet the Farmers – episode 48 – Andy Dibben and Kate Yells”

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 30 – Jonny Crickmore

From putting 30 litres of raw milk in a fridge to selling cheese all over the country and further afield Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore’s story is certainly an inspiring one in a few years when dairy farming seems to have faced little but bad news. Jonny’s Baron Bigod cheese, made from the milk of hisContinue reading “‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 30 – Jonny Crickmore”

#Februdairy ‘diary’ Cheese Challenge

All of this month an informal campaign called ‘Februdairy’ has been launched to support all things dairy. It leads on from another very successful ‘Veganuary’. As part of the campaign my brother Sam and I are undertaking a ‘cheese challenge’, sampling one cheese each day of the month. So far we have tried Fosseway FleeceContinue reading “#Februdairy ‘diary’ Cheese Challenge”

‘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 makeContinue reading “‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 20 – Martyn Bergius”

‘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 theContinue reading “‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 19 – Jim Shanks”