074 The Only Way is Farming

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Rock & Roll Farming with Katie Anderson Tonight I’m heading down to the Garden of England, to Kent, to talk to farmer, Katie Anderson @FemaleFarmerUK We discuss Katie’s early life growing up in an Essex commuter town, with no links at all to farming, and how training as a teacher led to a passion for outdoor education. We then hear about how a trip to Wales a smallholder course led to her forming the idea for Muddy Boots Farm, an educational farm for primary school aged children. We talk about the practicalities of how she made it all happen, and […]

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Work Life Balance

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Rock & Roll Farming with John Kelly Tonight I’m delighted to be heading over the Irish Sea to County Wicklow to talk to Dairy Farmer John Kelly @j0hn_k We talk about the area where he’s farming, before going on to talk about his childhood in Derry, Northern Ireland, and the tragic suicide of one of his brothers at age just 13. We then hear about what it was like growing up in the troubles, and dealing with bomb threats at school. We discuss the family’s move to Wicklow, and how he settled in as an awkward teenager, before hearing about […]

072 Fields of Gold

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Rock & Roll Farming with Kevin Stephens Tonight I’m delighted to be staying in Wales and heading down the border country to the Black Mountains near Hay on Wye to talk to farmer, Kevin Stephens. We talk about the beautiful area of Wales where he lives, and his family farm there, before going on to hear about how he fell into computing at Aberystwyth University and eventually bought himself one and taught himself to wrote software. We hear some of the different jobs he did after graduation, including working for the National Farmer’s Union, where he designed and built their […]

071 Farm Africa

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Tonight I’m delighted to be heading down to London to talk to agronomist and programme support coordinator for the amazing charity Farm Africa, Emma Dennis @FarmAfrica Firstly we here an explanation of what an agronomist actually is, and how she explains it to people at parties, before going on to talk about her family’s farm in Cornwall. We discuss her time studying Environmental Biology at UWE in Bristol, and how her interest in food production and development began at this time, before hearing about an amazing overland trip from Nairobi in Kenya, to Jo’burg in South Africa sparked a love […]