Meet the Farmers – episode 37 – Helen Browning

Episode 37 of Meet the Farmers features Wiltshire farmer and Chief Executive of the Soil Association Helen Browning. From her inspirational great aunts to food ethics and from pigs and dairying to games of squash we cover a lot of ground in this episode! For previous episodes of the podcast click on the ‘Meet theContinue reading “Meet the Farmers – episode 37 – Helen Browning”

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 24 – John Pawsey

Episode 24 of Meet the Farmers features Suffolk arable and sheep farmer John Pawsey (@hanslope on twitter). John is well known in the farming world for being innovative and his organic mixed farming system is testimony to this, combining the very best of new and traditional knowledge. He is also an accomplished musician, as youContinue reading “‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 24 – John Pawsey”

‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 5. Luke Hasell and Herons Green Farm

Luke HaseLuke Hasell farms beef cattle in the Chew Valley of North Somerset. I spoke to him in the farmhouse at Herons Green Farm about how he got into farming, about CSAs, regulation, pasture fed beef, conservation and much more. Luke wasn’t always a farmer and originally trained as an engineer, working for Kier Group asContinue reading “‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 5. Luke Hasell and Herons Green Farm”

The Five Factors of Soil Formation

If you have ever looked closely at soils in different areas you will know that they all look, feel and smell different. They also play host to different plants and some contain more visible organisms than others. Why is this? How have they come to be so different? What factors should be considered? These wereContinue reading “The Five Factors of Soil Formation”

Bees, Neonics and the future of food

The crisis of the disappearing bees is one that people at large remain largely oblivious to or unconcerned about. Since the early observations of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) around the world, bee keepers and scientists have been trying their hardest to find a reasoning behind the phenomenon. However, as with any environmental issue the issueContinue reading “Bees, Neonics and the future of food”