079 Stepping into the Unknown

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Rock & Roll Farming with Hefin Richards Tonight I’m heading down to Llandrinio in Powys in Mid-Wales to talk to Ruminant Nutritionist, Hefin Richards. We hear about the village he was born – Llanddewi brefi – and how it’s famous for St.David, LSD, & Little Britain! And also go into his early life growing up in a West Wales farming community, which includes stories of sheep-dipping in school with typical early 1980s health and safety standards – tucking ties into shirts. We discuss how he made the big decision to study agriculture at Harper Adams University, and the fantastic experience […]

078 Keeping Busy

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Rock & Roll Farming with Paula Matthews Tonight I’m heading down to Dorking in Surrey in the sunny south east of England to talk to farmer, Paula Matthews @ManorFarmWotton We talk about the 3000 acres of mainly tenanted land that she and her husband Laurence farm, and how they cope with 9 different landlords, as well as some of the challenges of being a tenant farmer in the UK. We also hear about how the farm has changed over the years, and how they’ve diversified as a business. We discuss the range of different crops they grow, and the challenging […]

077 #Farm24

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Rock & Roll Farming with Olivia Midgely Tonight for this special Rock & Roll Farming Podcast, I’m talking to Farmer’s Guardian News & Business Editor, Olivia Midgely. We discuss their social media takeover that takes place on Thursday 9th August, 24 hours in farming, and how we can all get involved and support. Check it out folks..     Episode Sponsors:   AFTP – Agrifood Training Partnership. Go to www.aftp.co.uk/podcast┬áto check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses use the word ‘podcast’ at checkout! NFU Cymru – for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru-org.uk […]

076 Rock & Roll Countryfile

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Rock & Roll Farming with Adam Henson Tonight for this special bonus Rock & Roll Farming Podcast, I talk to Countryfile’s very own Adam Henson right here on my farm! We talk farming, working in the media, and why John Craven needs to retire so an up and coming podcaster can take his place ­čśë All this and lots more. Check it out folks..       Episode Sponsors:   AFTP – Agrifood Training Partnership. Go to www.aftp.co.uk/podcast┬áto check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses use the word ‘podcast’ at checkout! NFU […]

075 Hands Free Hectare

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Rock & Roll Farming with Kit Franklin Tonight I’m heading over to Newport in Shropshire to talk to Harper Adams University Agricultural Engineering Lecturer, and co-creator of the World-renowned Hands Free Hectare, Kit Franklin. We talk about his early life growing up on the family farm near Cirencester, and how his Father’s construction business sparked an initial interest in engineering. We discuss his time studying at Harper Adams, and the wide range of practical experience he gained during his time there, as well as when his interest in robotics in agriculture started to develop. We hear about a trip to […]

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 […]

070 Incredible Edible

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Rock & Roll Farming with Mary Clear of Incredible Edible Todmorden Tonight for this very special bonus edition of the podcast, O’m talking to Mary Clear of Incredible Edible Todmorden. We talk about what Incredible Edible is an an organisation, how it came about, and the amazing sentiment behind it. We also discuss this weekend’s Incredible Festival of Ideas and the huge range of events based on kindness and collaboration that they’ve got going on for all the family. If you’re at a loose end, get yourself along and support them! www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk www.incrediblefestival.org.uk┬á