125 Always read the questions

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Rock & Roll Farming with David Walston Tonight I headed east to Cambridgeshire to talk to arable farmer, David Walston. We talked about his early days at Eton College with some very famous classmates, the London photography business that he set up after university, and his eventual return to the family farm.  We also went into some of his illustrious family history, talked about his Father Oliver Walston, his Nuffield study into soil health, and discussed many of the positive things he’s doing on the farm, as well as an innovative new project he’s involved with. All this and much, […]

124 Emma & The DPJ Foundation

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Rock & Roll Farming with Emma Picton-Jones Tonight I head down to Pembrokeshire in south west Wales, to talk to the founder of mental health charity, the DPJ Foundation, Emma Picton-Jones. We talk about her husband Dan, and how his mental health problems, and subsequent suicide in 2016, led her to forming the DPJ Foundation to help others who may be going through similar things in rural Wales.  If you know anyone who might be struggling, you can find out more at www.dpjfoundation.com 

123 ON TOUR at Metcalfe Farms

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Rock & Roll Farming ON TOUR at Metcalfe Farms Rock & Roll Farming on tour!  I headed up to Leyburn in North Yorkshire to the 2018 Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Gold Cup winner Philip Metcalfe’s open day (Most impressive dairy farm I’ve EVER been on) to talk to the man himself, and also had a conversation with Kite Consulting’s John Allen, and journalist and market analysis, Chris Walkland, all about what makes a gold cup winner, and the current state of the UK dairy industry.  (Photo credit: Tim Scrivener, Farmer’s Weekly) EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST […]

122 The Nature Friendly Farmer

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Rock & Roll Farming with Martin Lines Tonight I headed east to Cambridgeshire to talk to farmer and chair of the Nature Friendly Farmers Network, Martin Lines.  We discussed the range of environmental improvements he’s implemented on his farm that have seen a huge increase in different wildlife species, how he makes it work in conjunction with a modern farming business, and the Nature Friendly Farmers Network and the work that they do. All this, and much, much more.   EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST FARMING & FOOD RELATED PODCASTS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, […]

121 Romans, lazer beams & farming dreams

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Rock & Roll Farming with Andrea Meanwell Tonight I’m heading up to the lake district in Cumbria, to talk to farmer and author, Andrea Meanwell.  In one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done so far, we talk about her family’s 500 year connection to the area, archaeology, lazer beams, Roman forts, fulfilling her dream of owning a farm of her own, and her new role as lake district farming officer. All this, and much more.  EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST FARMING & FOOD RELATED PODCASTS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, PLEASE VISIT www.eatfarmnow.com – and […]

120 Nobody puts Sophie in the corner

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Rock & Roll Farming with Sophie Barnes Tonight I head all the way down to New Zealand to talk to Sophie Barnes, to hear all about her incredible journey from middle English town life, to sheep farming all over New Zealand.  We also discuss her ongoing battle with endometriosis, anxiety & depression, and how she deals with it on a daily basis.  I don’t use the word inspiration lightly, but I think it’s justified in this case. What a girl.  EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST FARMING & FOOD RELATED PODCASTS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, […]

119 Seizing the Opportunities

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Tonight I head down to Essex to talk to arable farmer and Chair of the National Farmer’s Union Crops Board, Tom Bradshaw. We talk about the huge changes he’s made to his family business, which now sees them farming over 1200ha on 6 different contract farming agreements, as well as having a riding school & 70 stables. We also talk about the many different forms of personal development he’s undertaken over the years, from a Nuffield Scholarship to business and leadership courses, his appearance on the 2013 BBC TV show ‘Harvest’, and his involvement in the NFU.  All this, and […]

118 The Naked Farmer

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Poultry farmers Patrick & Zanna Joice @UphouseFarm are a remarkable couple. For this episode I spoke to them both about Patrick’s terminal Cancer diagnosis, his ongoing battle with severe depression, and how they’re trying to help others who may be struggling alone. To donate to The Naked Farmer Charity Cricket Day @naked_farmer & support the amazing work that The YANA Project do: https://bit.ly/2EhYG6r EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST FARMING & FOOD RELATED PODCASTS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, PLEASE VISIT www.eatfarmnow.com – and if you want to get your content onto the site, or if you want […]

117 Farming with Epilepsy

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Rock & Roll Farming with Robyn Hogg Tonight I head down to the Royal Agricultural University to talk to agri-business student Robyn Hogg.  We talk about her studies at Cirencester, whether it’s an exciting time for young people to be entering the agricultural industry or not, and how since the age of 9 she’s lived with severe epilepsy, and the challenges she’s faced as a result.  We also discuss the family’s award winning bird food business – www.laverockhallfarm.com  EAT FARM NOW: FOR ALL THE BEST FARMING & FOOD RELATED PODCASTS, VIDEOS, AND BLOGS, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, PLEASE VISIT […]

116 Epic Style

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Rock & Roll Farming with Chyenne Smith Tonight I head all the way over to Carmen, Idaho, USA, to talk to cattle rancher and social media legend Chyenne Smith @JLazyAngus, and I mostly try not to get too giddy about talking to an actual real life genuine cowgirl..  Episode Sponsor:  NFU Cymru – for more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk Podcast Partners: Farmer’s Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and […]