049 Facetime A Farmer

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Rock & Roll Farming with Tom Martin Tonight I’m heading over to Haddon in Cambridgeshire to talk to arable farmer & the man behind FaceTime a Farmer, Tom Martin. We talk about the family farm, and the various crops they’re growing, and also what Tom, as a self-confessed soil nerd is doing to improve the conditions there. We also discuss what he means by describing himself as a ‘conservation farmer.’ We go into his decision to go to Uni at 18 to study Natural Sciences, and afterwards Business Management, and how that led to various jobs including as an analyst […]

048 Love at First Sight

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Rock & Roll Farming with Peter & Paula Hynes Tonight I’m heading over to Aherla, near Cork in the South of Ireland to talk to dairy farmers Peter and Paula Hynes @Peterhynes15 @Paulahynes4 Firstly we talk about their non-farming backgrounds, how they met through a mutual love of horses and have been inseparable ever since, and how they ended up on their own dairy farm with 3 small Daughters in tow. Peter then talks movingly and in depth about his issues with mental health, and how he eventually overcame them with the help and support of Paula and multiple counselling […]

047 The Always Excellent Abi Reader

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Rock & Roll Farming with Abi Reader Tonight I’m staying in Wales and heading down to Wenvoe, near Cardiff to talk to dairy farmer, Abi Reader @AbiReader We talk about Abi’s family farm, and how the business has grown over the years. We discuss her role at the farm, and what that entails, as well as the fantastic team that she has working for her, and also touch on future plans. We talk about the environmental improvements that they’ve made on the farm, including working with a local Wildlife Group planting orchards and working on a pond, which has helped […]

045 “No hablo Español”

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Rock & Roll Farming with Guy Smith Tonight, here in my farm office, for my first face to face interview, I’m talking to arable farmer and current Vice-President of the National Farmers Union, Guy Smith @essexpeasant We discuss what he’s doing so far North of home, and how he’s currently attending hustings all around the country for the NFU elections this month campaigning to be elected President. We talk about his farm on the North East Essex coast, and how it’s officially recognised as being the driest farm in England, and the challenges that brings. We go into the two […]

044 #Februdairy

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Rock & Roll Farming with Jude Capper (AGAIN!)   Tonight for this Rock & Roll Farming short, I spoke to Jude Capper (AGAIN!) to find out all about #Februdairy  – what it is, what she hopes to achieve with it, and how we can all get involved. Check it out folks..

044 Winning Herts & Minds

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Rock & Roll Farming with Stuart Roberts Tonight I’m heading down to Hertfordshire, in the South East of England to talk to farmer and National Farmers Union election candidate, Stuart Roberts @HertsFarmer We start off by talking about a fantastic story associated with his family’s farm, that involved the previous owner and a game of high stakes poker, which is the reason why, to this day, a separately owned golf course runs through the middle of their land! We discuss the different enterprises on the farm, and how they sell all the grain in 25kg bags to artisan flour mills […]

043 The Ethical Carnivore

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Rock & Roll Farming with Louise Gray Tonight I’m heading up to Edinburgh to talk to freelance writer and author of the book ‘The Ethical Carnivore’ Louise Gray @loubgray We discuss Louise’s early life growing up on her Father’s farm in Essex, her days studying Social Anthropology at Manchester University (which included a thesis on the Essex Girl!), and how she worked her way up in journalism before becoming the Environmental Correspondent at the Daily Telegraph for a number of years. We then go on to talk about her book that came out in 2017 called The Ethical Carnivore, and […]

042 – True Grit

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Rock & Roll Farming with Jim Beary Tonight I’m heading up to Bradfield in South Yorkshire to talk to the man, the legend, Jim Beary @FarmerBeary Firstly we talk about the farm in the Peak District National Park that he recently moved to with his new wife, after farming previously in Staffordshire. We hear about his early life growing up as the son of a Pig Farm Manager near Preston in Lancashire, and how farming was always in his blood. We talk about his decision to study Agriculture at Harper Adams University, and the thought process that led him to […]

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 […]