‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 14 – Tom Bradshaw at Fletchers Farm

Tom Bradshaw is a forward thinking arable farmer with diversification key to his overall business. The equestrian yard at his home farm in Essex seems to be just as important to the long-term health of his business as the main arable enterprise which is based on contracting agreements with neighbouring farms. Tom is also a … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 14 – Tom Bradshaw at Fletchers Farm

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Quick Report on Sentry Conference and general catch up post

Sunday afternoon has arrived and I've finally been able to sit down to settle into writing a blog post. I can't quite believe how quickly this winter has been ticking along and although I'm quite far through my list of winter tasks on the farm the end isn't quite in sight. Last week there was … Continue reading Quick Report on Sentry Conference and general catch up post

‘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

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

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 11 – Tom Martin

Tom Martin returned to his family's farm in Cambridgeshire a few years ago after several years working in various different industries. As well as managing the arable side of things on the farm he's now active in a range of farming linked organisations, including the NFU, CLA, LEAF and East of England Agricultural Society. Recently … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 11 – Tom Martin