016 – Combine Karaoke

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Tonight I’m heading down to Ross on Wye in Herefordshire to talk to the one and only Ally Hunter Blair. Ally tells us all about his arable farm and the range of crops that they grow down there including wheat, barley, peas, OSR & Sugarbeet, and his and his new Wife’s plans to grow her horse based business in the area. We hear about how he took on the tenancy of the farm at the unusually young age of 25, and how lucky he feels to have had this opportunity. We talk about his love for farming, and how this […]

015 – The Curse of the Strong

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Tonight I’m delighted to be heading up to the Lincolnshire Wolds to talk to the international man of mystery known as @FarmingHaiku. Firstly we find out how his twitter handle came about, and how he’s now moved on from haiku to high quality animal artwork, before hearing about his family’s farm and what they do there, including breeding traditional Lincoln Red Cattle. We hear about the change of path FH took at 16, due to a mixture of hard times in farming and family issues, that led to him studying International Business & French in places such as Bordeaux and […]

014 – #LensLeg

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Tonight I’m heading over to Nantwich to talk to Dairy Farmer and Cheshire National Farmers Union Chairman, Phil Latham ( @PhilLatham ) Phil tells us about his background growing up as a wannabe eco-warrior with a huge passion for the natural world (disappointingly no dreadlocks though), and his decision to study zoology at University, before deciding to go back to the family farm. We discuss how the farm has grown and changed since he became involved for various reasons, and Phil tells us about his fertility management consultancy work, and why this is so important to his business and the […]

013 – Beyond the Headlines

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Tonight I’m heading down to London Town to talk to Farmer’s Weekly’s own Jez Fredenburgh ( @overthefarmgate ) Jez tells me about her early years growing up in central France on her parents’s red deer farm, before their move back to the Norfolk countryside. We discuss the importance of good journalism, and her role as deputy business editor at FW, as well as what the job entails. We talk about the difference between reactive and proactive stories, the time pressures involved in getting things to press, and the various aspects of being in the office, reporting from seminars and conferences, […]

012 – Always Look On The Bright Cider Life

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Tonight I’m heading down to beautiful Monmouthshire in South Wales to talk to the lovely Kate Beavan. Kate tells me about her background in Lancashire, and her early love for animals which led to her becoming a veterinary nurse, and in-turn led to her moving to Abergavenny. She then tells us how she met her husband Jim through YFC, which involved a piano and a quad bike (?!). We hear about her job as assistant farm manager at Greenmeadow Community Farm, and how presenting to visitors there stood her in good stead for the future, as well as how she […]

011 – Ever Onwards & Ever Upwards

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Colin Javens is quite simply the most inspirational man I’ve ever met. Listen as he describes his early life growing up on his family’s Tea Farm in West Kenya, and the tragic loss of his Father in an armed attack. At the age of 6, Colin, his brother and his Mother then moved to Herefordshire despite barely having set foot in the UK before. We hear about his gap year trip around Australia, then his first year at Harper Adams University, where he encountered a handsome and charismatic future blogger and podcast host. Colin then talks about the accident that […]

010 – Bringing Home the Bacon

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Tonight I’m heading up to Farndale on the Yorkshire Moors to talk to free range pig and sheep farmer Peter Mawson @highfarndale Peter is PASSIONATE about producing high quality food, and it shines through throughout this interview. We talk about his Saddleback Pigs and White Faced Woodland Sheep, their characteristics, and the reasons why he chose to farm these breeds. Peter also tells me about his background in the RAF, what it was like being based in the Falkland Islands, and the mind-numbingly dull flights back and to from there. We also talk about his time managing a particularly flamboyant […]

009 – The Red Shepherdess

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Tonight I’m heading up to the Eden Valley in North East Cumbria to talk to @redshepherdess Hannah Jackson. Hannah has no agricultural background at all, having been brought up on the Wirral, near Liverpool, and we talk about how seeing a lamb being born on a family camping trip to Coniston in Cumbria was her Eureka moment, changed everything, and led her into persuing a career in farming. We talk about how she went about finding experience at the job, and how she moved up to Cumbria for a week’s work experience on a hill farm with renowned sheepdog trainer […]

008 – The Indomitable Naylor

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Tonight I’m heading over to the South Lincolnshire Fens, and what my guest Matt Naylor describes as an ‘area of natural ugliness’ to talk farming flowers. Lots of flowers. 50 million stems of them in fact! Matt and I talk about his family farm, and how it’s changed in the years since he got involved from a conventional arable farm, to a multi-million pound turnover business growing potatoes and several different types of flowers for British Supermarkets. We discuss what his role within the business is, the challenges involved with growing flowers, managing up to 180 people, and the current […]

007 – Aye Robot

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Tonight, I’m taking the high road up to Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders to talk to Dairy & Beef farmer Alan Gamble alias @Farnell_Simmys We talk about the area of Scotland that he lives, and I totally geek out about the amazing historical features on his farm. We also discuss the crops that they grow there, and the impact of flooding. We find out about Alan’s background, and the journey he took from being a builder’s son in Northern Ireland all the way through to farming in his own right in Scotland, and the opportunities that they’ve seized along the […]