099 One Step Beyond

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Rock & Roll Farming with Chris Moon Tonight I’m absolutely delighted to be heading up to Lanarkshire in Scotland to talk to the legendary former dairy farmer, army officer, landmine clearer, and now motivational speaker, Chris Moon @ChrisMoonMTB  We talk about his early days growing up in Wiltshire in a framing community, and how he ended up studying Agriculture at Seale Hayne College after working on a local dairy farm, before going on to discuss his decision to go to Sandhurst and join the British Army as an Officer. We go into his time there, before talking about his eventual […]

098 Don’t You Want Red Tractor Baby

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Tonight I’m delighted to be heading down to London to talk to the CEO of Red Tractor, Jim Moseley. We start off by talking about what the Red Tractor Scheme actually is, and how it came about, before going in to Jim’s early career and how he got to where he is now. We talk about his achievements as a highly successful athlete as a young man, racing against legends such as Sen Coe and Steve Ovette, and running 100 metres in 10.7 seconds, AND a marathon in 2 hours and 40 minutes! We then go into more detail about […]

097 British Flowers Rock!

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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 […]

096 Agroforestry: it’s treemendous

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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 […]

095 AgriCOOLture

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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 […]

NFU Mutual ‘Ahead of the Field’ Special

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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.

092 Pure Kent

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Rock & Roll Farming with Guy & Claire Eckley Tonight I’m delighted to be heading down to the far south East of England, to Kent, to talk to Guy & Claire Eckley @No1FarmerGuy @PureKent We talk about their backgrounds growing up on farms in Kent & Mid-Wales respectively, and how after University Claire moved down to Kent and got involved with the local YFC where guy was a member (Still not entirely clear who chatted up who initially..). We also talk all about their diversification into Oilseed Rape Oil production and how it’s developed over the years, and the various […]

091 Farming in the City

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Tonight I’m delighted to be heading down to London to talk to the CEO of Kentish Town City Farm, Gus Alston @GusAlston @KTCityFarm We talk about his early life growing up very close to the farm, and how getting involved with Forest School Camps as a child eventually led him becoming a volunteer with the organisation at the age of 18, before going on to hear about how he got first got into the charity sector almost by accident, when helping to build an adventure playground he ended up as a deputy coordinator in charge of 120 children! We discuss […]

090 YFC 4 Life

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Rock & Roll Farming with Alice Singleton Tonight I’m heading up to Withnell in Lancashire to talk to marketing officer, freelance journalist, and Vice Chairman of Lancashire YFC, Alice Singleton @alicemay_sing We start of by talking about her family farm, that her parents bought 12 years ago, and the herd of Angus & Hereford Cows they run there, before going on to talk about their exciting diversification project, a gin distillery! We talk about Cuckoo Gin in detail, including the local ingredients they use, and how sustainability is so important to the business (For more info: www.brindledistillery.co.ukĀ ). We talk about […]

089 Have your Say #WeAreWelshFarming

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Rock & Roll Farming with Aled Jones Tonight for this special bonus episode, I speak to Dairy Farmer and NFU Cymru Deputy President, Aled Jones, all about the Welsh Government’s ‘Brexit and our Land’ consultation, and how vital it is that farmers and anyone involved in agriculture in Wales responds by 29th October.