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 […]

031 – Going the Distance

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Tonight I’m delighted to be heading down to Wiltshire in the south West of England to talk to farmer and current Deputy President of the National Farmers Union, Minette Batters. We talk about her early life growing up on a tenanted farm with no succession, and how she was able to secure a long term farm business tenancy by offering to do-up two derelict cottages on the property. We hear about her cattle herd of pedigree Herefords, and 100 Simmental cross sucklers, and how she juggles this with running a wedding and corporate events venue on the farm. We also […]

030 – All These Things That I’ve Done

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Tonight I’m heading down to Warwickshire in the heart of England to talk to James Chapman @chairmanjimbob We hear about James’ early life as the oldest of 4 brothers growing up on the family dairy farm, before he started working for a contractor after leaving school. We talk about his decision to set up in business for himself at the age of 22, and the devastating accident that then changed his life in 2005. We hear in detail what happened that day, and talk about the immediate aftermath, and the dark months that followed. Jim tells us how his friends […]

029 – Lyss from BLYSS

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Tonight I’m ridiculously excited to be heading overseas to Munich in Germany to talk to Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl @lyssland to talk about Cacao farming & chocolate! We hear all about Lyss’s family’s incredible history in Papua New Guinea, and her upbringing in Australia. We then talk about her return to her family roots after a decade in corporate strategy, and the idea for BLYSS chocolate came about after she competed in the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii. We talk in depth about growing organic Cacao in Ecuador and the Philippines, and the 2000 families she works with there, as well […]

028 – United in Spirit

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Tonight I’m heading down to Northamptonshire in the heart of England to talk to the co-founder & owner of Warner Edwards Gin, Tom Warner. We hear about Tom’s family beef and sheep farm and his early life there, and his decision to study for a BSc in Agri-Food at Harper Adams University. We discuss his subsequent career in the produce industry buying from farmers all over the World, and selling to Supermarkets, and the experiences he had during those 10 years, before an idea to start a business for himself began to take shape. We talk about how he and […]

027 – “Cows don’t like Hip-Hop”

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Tonight Rock & Roll Farming goes international all the way down to Taranaki in New Zealand to talk to Charlie McCaig. We hear all about Charlie’s background growing up as a typical town kid in South-East England, and the family’s later move to rural Shropshire. We talk about his DJ career in the bright lights of Shrewsbury, before his move down to Bristol where he met his future Wife Jody, a New Zealander, and their subsequent move to the other side of the World. We then discuss how they got into dairy farming, initially with some relief milking, (Charlie had […]

026 – Saviour Associates

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Tonight I’m heading up to Dumfriesshire in South West Scotland to talk to the one and only Heather Wildman ( @wildmanheather) Heather tells us about her family and background growing up in Cumbria, and her wide range of experiences in YFC, before going on to talk about her time working for DeLaval and her time spent in New Zealand. We then hear about her time at Minsups and First Milk, before we talk at length about her Nuffield Scholarship, and the amazing experiences she had on her travels. We talk about the thought process that led to her starting her […]

025 – Worst Mystery Guest Ever

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Well this is different. Tonight, I’m not going anywhere. Instead, James Robinson @JRfromStrickley is coming to me. Yes, I’ve relented and agreed to be interviewed. God help you all. Listen as I talk farming, family, fatherhood, history, blogging at fatherandfarmer.com and a little old Podcast called Rock & Roll Farming. Check it out folks..

024 – Rock & Roll Crofting

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Tonight I’m heading all the way up to the Isle of Lewis, in the beautiful Western Isles of North West Scotland to talk to crofter and broadcaster Domhnall McSween @SweenyNess After my pathetic attempts at Gallic pronunciation, Domhnall tells us all about the unique part of the World that he lives, some of the amazing archaeological remains he’s found there, and the connection he and his family have to the island. We discover what a croft actually is, and how the society works. We also talk about how he came to be back on the family croft after a brief […]