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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tonight, I’m venturing across the Irish Sea to County Kilkenny to talk to the wonderful Suzanna Crampton, alias @zwartblesIE We talk about her family farm and what it means to her, and about the Zwartbles Sheep that she breeds and rears there. We find out how she came to be involved with the breed, and how she works with a local woollen mill to get their fleeces turned into both yarn and the amazing blankets that she designs herself and sells all around the World. We also find out how the PRESIDENT OF IRELAND fits into this story. We find […]
Pete Vickerton is one of the nicest farmers you could encounter on social media. Tonight I talk to him about being a ‘veteran’ Cricketer for his local side, and how that helps to get him off the farm. We then go on to talk about his family’s business, and what it’s like to be living and working directly above millions of tons of gas. We hear about his family’s fencing and log business, and how that diversification works alongside their sheep and crops enterprise, as well as learning to provide customer service with a smile! We talk about the importance […]
Andrew Ward (@wheat_daddy) is up there with the very best and brightest of British arable Farmers. Farming 1800 acres in the heart of Lincolnshire, and working with Simba Great Plains, Housham Sprayers, Agrii, McDonalds, GrowHow, HGCA, Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, Monsanto, and many more, he’s passionate about knowledge sharing and innovation within the industry. He also hosted the industry showcase Cereals Event in ’04 & ’08, which then led to an interesting stint managing a team parking cars at the Polish equivalent! We talk about the current Glyphosate debate, and what a ban would mean to him and his operation, as […]
Dr. Jude Capper has no farming background, yet jets all around the world talking to farmers, industry leaders, and politicians on Livestock Sustainability. Find out how the hell this happened, as well as what it’s like to walk out on stage and present to 1000s of people at a time, and how it feels to be be one of Michael Gove’s ‘experts.’ We also find out about THOSE rockin’ Cowboy boots, and what it was like living and working in the good ol’ US of A for 8 1/2 years. As well as the shock of being diagnosed with breast […]
Gareth’s family have been on the same farm in the Carneddau Mountains of North East Wales for 350 years. Tonight I talk to him about his family, the challenges of farming sheep in the uplands, the wild mountain ponies that live up there, the devastating late snowfall of March 2013, and his exciting and varied TV & media career. As well as, most importantly, the most recognisable headwear since Charlie Chaplin’s bowler hat. Check it out folks..
Today i head up to Cumbria and the wilds of North West England to talk to organic dairy farmer and all-round great bloke James Robinson. We talk about his penchant for crocs & socks, his family’s organic dairy farming enterprise, his insistence on being referred to as Mr. President, and his role as a Community First Responder. Also discussed are his fondness for Jaffa Cakes, Liverpool FC’s European Cup win in 2005, and loads of other things in-between. Check it out folks..