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.

088 Young Farmer of the Year

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Rock & Roll Farming with Jacob Anthony Tonight I’m heading down to Bridgend in South Wales to talk to the new Farmer’s Weekly Young Farmer of the Year, Jacob Anthony @Jacob_cwmrisca We talk about his farm, that’s been in the family since 1926, and some of the joys/challenges of working with family, before going into his time spent studying at Hartpury College. We discuss the 1000 LLeyn x Texel Ewes that they run, and the fact that he took over the management of the flock at a very early age, as well as going into the cattle and cropping they […]

087 Small Robot Company

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Rock & Roll Farming with Sam Watson Jones Today I’m heading over the border to Sunny Shropshire to talk to farmer and co-founder of Small Robot Company, Sam Watson Jones @samjwj @smallrobotco We talk about his family’s farm near Newport where they’ve been for 4 generations, and the various enterprises they have going on there, and also Sam’s decision to become a farmer whilst studying english literature at Newcastle University. We go into the various job’s he during the 5 years he spent away from the farm, including teaching at a tough inner city secondary school, and working for a […]

086 Adventures in London with a Spanner and Castration Rings

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  Rock & Roll Farming with Sally Urwin Tonight I’m thrilled to be heading up to beautiful Northumberland to talk to Farmer and writer, Sally Urwin @PintSizedFarmer We start off by talking about the book she’s written about her farming life (due out in April!), how it all came about, and the whole writing process, before moving on to chat about her early life growing up in North Tyneside by the sea. We hear about the ‘immensely boring office job’ she did after University, and how eventually, in the early days of internet dating & after searching for a ‘man […]