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

First day of #ORFC18

Around 800 people descended on Oxford Town Hall yesterday morning to attend the 9th Oxford Real Farming Conference. This is my third time attending the event, but it feels just as exciting and in many ways just as groundbreaking as my first a few years ago. This year the ORFC is focusing on four distinct … Continue reading First day of #ORFC18

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

The Thinkingcountry Countryside Review of 2017

2017 has been another busy and momentous year. The Brexit referendum seems a very long time ago now, way back in 2016, but the events of 2017 have certainly fallen within its shadow. This post looks back on some of the big events of this year, mostly within a countryside context, as well as reflecting … Continue reading The Thinkingcountry Countryside Review of 2017

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