041 R.A.B.I – Supporting Farming Families

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For this Rock & Roll Farming short, I talk to Rob Harris, the Communications Manager at R.A.B.I – the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. We talk about the charity that’s been assisting farming families in the UK financially and with social support, for 158 years. We discuss beneficiaries, and the multiple ways that they assist people in need in the rural community, and the various ways that they raise money, and how we can all get involved. It was an absolute pleasure to talk to a representative of such an amazing organisation, and for more information please visit www.rabi.org.uk , email info@rabi.org.uk , […]

040 Advocating for Agriculture

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Tonight I’m heading down to Warwickshire in the heart of England to talk to farmer and current Chairman of AHDB Beef & Lamb, Adam Quinney. We talk about the beef and sheep farm that he runs alongside his wife Sarah, running 100 easy-calving Saler x Charolais Cattle and 200 Lleyn Ewes, and how they collaborate with an arable farming neighbour to their mutual benefit. We hear about his decision to start campaigning for agriculture ‘because he was pissed off’, and how that led to his initial involvement with the National Farmer’s Union almost by accident. We then talk about how […]

039 – Embracing Change

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Rock & Roll Farming with Caroline Millar Tonight I’m heading up to Auchterhouse in Angus in the East of Scotland to talk to Oxford Farming Conference 2018 Chairman Caroline Millar. We hear about where Caroline and her husband Ross farm now near the city of Dundee, and her early life growing up on her family’s farm in Perthshire where she got her first taste of what running a commercial tourism business involves by helping with bed and breakfast guests from all over the World. We talk about how they conceived the idea of their high-end luxury lodges for couples business, […]

038 – Farming, Family, & Food: The Rock & Roll Farming Christmas Special.

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Rock & Roll Farming with Fiona Graham Tonight for the Rock & Roll Farming Christmas special, I’m delighted to be heading up to Ayrshire in Scotland to talk to the one and only Fiona Graham. We discuss the importance of social media and how it can help farmers overcome isolation, before moving on to talk about the horrendous weather that Fiona and the family have had in Ayrshire in 2017, and the problems that’s caused them. We talk about Fiona’s early life growing up near Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands, and her happy memories of that time, before hearing about […]

037 – Farmer Christmas

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For this Rock & Roll Farming short, I talk to the author of the delightful children’s book, Catherine Baddeley. We hear how the book came about, how she and illustrator Sophie Baugh-Jones met, and all about the man himself – Father Christmas! Ho Ho Ho folks..

036 – Talking Turkey

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Tonight I’m heading east across the country to Skeyton in Norfolk to talk to turkey producer Rob Morton @mortonsturkeys We talk about how Rob’s Grandfather moved down from Scotland to the farm in 1941 to establish a dairy herd, and how the farm’s changed in the intervening years, and hear about his life growing up with 4 brothers. We hear about how he discovered an affinity for poultry, initially with geese, before pretty soon moving into turkey production, with two traditional breeds – the Norfolk Black, and Norfolk Bronze, and we discuss the various characteristics of the two breeds. We […]

035 – Hefted to the Howgills

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Tonight I’m delighted to be heading up North to Sedburgh in the Howgill Fells to talk to Shepherdess, Farmer, Walker, Guide, Mother, Fashion Designer, and Writer, Alison O’Neill. We talk about the beautiful and slightly less travelled part of the country that she lives in, and her long family history there, and her childhood growing up on the farm. We then discuss the affect that her Grandparents and Parents decision to sell the farm in the difficult times of the late 1970’s had, and Alison’s decision to move away and work all around Europe doing a variety of different jobs, […]

033 – Where There’s Wills There’s a Way

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Tonight I’m very happy to be heading to Essex in the South East of England to talk to so good they named him twice Will Wilson @WillWilson100 First we hear about Will’s background growing up on a small arable farm in Suffolk, before his move to Essex with his new wife Zoe. We discuss his decision to study food marketing and agricultural studies at Reading University, and what he learned from that course, before hearing about his adventures whilst travelling in Australia, including driving dumper trucks in a lithium mine – THE GREATEST JOB IN THE WORLD. We also talk […]

032 – Fortune favours the Brave

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Tonight I’m heading up to Preston in the North West of England to talk to Agri-Business & Social Media Consultant, Simon Haley. We hear about Simon’s background growing up in rural Lancashire, and how his early passion for horses led to a love for everything outdoors. We discuss his year working on a range of farms and stations in Australia, and the experience he gained there, before returning to the UK and opening up the yellow pages to find a local farm to work on! We talk about his decision to study Agriculture at Harper Adams, and what he learned […]