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”
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 weContinue reading “Winter pruning of Sea Buckthorn”
If you are talking to an organic farmer and the subject of clover comes up in conversation, prepare to be there for a while. Why are farmers (and especially organic farmers) so interested in clover? Well, both red (trifolium pratense) and white (trifolium repens) varieties (there are about 300 species of clover or trefoil inContinue reading “Species in the Spotlight: Red and White Clover”
Pam Warhurst is a very inspirational speaker in this, a TED talk on possible ways for communities to make use of land. I would certainly recommend you spare ten minutes or so to watch this and think again about how we can structure our communities,using food production as a common purpose.
In recent years there has been a rising amount of media interest in English wines and the English wine trade. Hits on English wine websites have been increasing and sales in the shops rising. Why might this be? Certainly a general shift towards localism and regionalism regarding food and drink choices is one factor. GrowthContinue reading “The English Wine Industry (a history of) – a neglected opportunity?”