Tonight I’m heading all the way down to West Sussex to talk to flower grower, Ben Cross @AlstroemeriaBen We talk about the fact that he’s a 4th generation grower at Crosslands Flower Nursery, that was established by his Great Grandparents in 1936 starting on the LSA (Land Settlement Association). We go into the ten years he spent as a Marine Scientist, before the call of home proved too much, and his return to the family business growing Alstroemerias. We talk about the flowers themselves, how they’re grown, how the greenhouses are heated, how they’re harvested, and how they’re sold, with […]
Rock & Roll Farming with Steve Briggs Tonight I’m heading over to the Cambridgeshire Fens to talk to farmer and head of Soil & Water at Innovation for Agriculture, Steve Briggs @Steve95226621 We talk about the area that he farms in, and it’s unique landscape, before going on to hear about his early days as a design engineer and why he eventually re-trained in Agriculture, specialising in soils. We discuss his travels in Africa and India, working on projects helping to develop soils there, and some of his highlights of that time, before his return to England to work as […]
Tonight I’m heading all the way down to Waikato in New Zealand to talk to recent graduate and farmer, Emily Davis. We talk about what she’s doing in New Zealand, and how it’s a long way from her native Lincolnshire where she grew up surrounded by large arable farms and wanting to be a farmer. We discuss the brilliant ‘careers advice’ she received at school, where she was discouraged from pursuing a career in agriculture, and her decision to ring a local farmer to ask for work experience, which led to two years of various roles on farms around the […]
Rock & Roll Farming is proud to present the first NFU Mutual ‘Ahead of the Field’ podcast. We visited Lyndon Farms in Leicestershire to look at their diversification into Agri-Contracting. To find other podcasts in the series, or to subscribe, search for ‘NFU Mutual’ in your podcast app.