Farmerama

Farmerama

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Farmerama Radio shares great stories from the smaller scale farming movement in the UK and beyond. We are out in the field digging out what's really going on.

Episodes

09 Farmerama  

The Farmerama family is ever-growing, and artist Alec Finlay sets the tone for this month’s adventures with his eco-poetry and the lineage of landscapes echoing throughout the episode. Alec's performance is part of our report on Soil City at Glasgow International Festival, designed to reimagine the city as if soil matters. Clem Sandison tells us why the Open Jar Collective created Soil City for Glasgow, and Rebecca Chan chats to Severine von Taschen Fleming who led a Farmhack planning night for the Scottish contingent. Ben pays a visit to the glasshouses at Hankham Organics for the Organic Growers Alliance AGM, where Pete takes us on a tour and Kate Collyns lets us in on what being part of Organic Growers Alliance has brought to her growing Lambs-a-plenty coming into the world over at Hockham Farm mean that Nigel is on duty day and night, but we do get to hear his voice among the masses over at the Farmers For Action March in London. He reports as farmers from all over the country gathered to make their voices heard. Keesje brings to light how important the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Program has been for herself and other graduates, and Hannah brushes the soil from her hands just long enough to have a chat with Shelagh Martin, for the latest from the Dagenham farm. Thanks to David Szesztay for the beautiful notes guiding us through all these voices and to Olga who made the recordings of Alec at Soil City and sent them our way.

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08 Farmerama  

This month we have a new contributor, small-holder Keesje Crawford-Avis heralding from the Scottish highlands. She shares her thoughts from the Scottish small-holder conference, in conversation with the Accidental Smallholder. Hannah gets very excited about a few very simple business tips for budding urban gardeners that she gleaned from the team at Keats Community Organics in South London. We have something a little unusual, a very open-minded cellular agriculturist, Abi Glencross, who wants to bring permaculture to the lab and find a way for her tissue cultures to be part of agroecological farming. See what you think... and then we are brought back to the real world, Udaipur India, where Rohit Jain has helped setup a CSA-style membership model for Banyan Roots, connecting farmers to local people and producing grains with soul. And thanks to Micael, 13NHarri and inchadney for the music and additional recordings used in this episode..

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From seeds on film to secret sauces, this month we journey over valley and vale to bring you interesting ideas and experiments in the smaller scale farming world. Ben chats to Nick Bell about a wonderful new seed saving resource he helped make, seedfilm.org. Hannah returns this month as she digs into the health benefits and economics of care farming with Rachel Bragg, development coordinator at Care Farm UK. Ian ‘Tolly’ Tollhurst talks us through the highs and lows of wood chip composts, and throws in some experiments along the way. And Abby who’s still in sunnier climes working with Chilean farmers, reports from her family’s farm about a delicious, versatile and enterprising but little known secret sauce.

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06 Farmerama  

Join us this month to unfold new dialogues and build bridges at the Oxford REAL Farming Conference. Patrick Holden, of the Sustainable Food Trust, grows us a field-guide for the conference(s). We follow farmer Peter Lundgren and artist Anne-Marie Culhane through their rather unconventional art project 'A Field of Wheat' sewing the seeds for new dialogues between farmers and other folk. We journey from a CSA in the grounds of a hospital to a healthier comeuppance for mixed cover crops tested by Peter Brown, director of the biodynamic association UK. All along the way we sing the songs of the land led by Robin Grey of 3 Acres and a Cow (intermingled with the lovely lone voice of one CSA farmer singing his version of the alphabet).

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05 Farmerama  

We are in a festive mood this month. Spirits are high with some special guests making a late appearance. New reporter Hannah Shlotter chats lettuce lawns and compost with grower Alice Holden at one of London’s best known urban farms in Dagenham. CSA Network head Robert Simpson makes a comeback with his tips on polytunnels for goats. Ben Raskin brings us up to date on the newest varieties of blight resistant potatoes and we hear from a farmer without a farm.

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04 Farmerama  

This month we bring you a collection of anecdotes and field reports from the front line of farming from our studio, this week around the Aga at Nigel's family's farm. We hear about the challenges and successes of female empowerment in Africa, in particular for female farmers. Nigel reports from the milk protests in Brussels which were incredibly hectic and fuelled by frustrated farmers determined to have their voices heard; roving reporter Ben Raskin explores how Helen's Bay, a beautiful wild old walled garden in Northern Ireland that is being brought back to life by David Love Cameron, a Raymond Blanc heritage garden scholar; we are treated to a collection of thoughts from a long-time natural wine maker in Italy.

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Field Report: Castello di Potentino  

From time to time we get in a story that’s deserves a bit more attention to than we are able give in our regular monthly episode. And here one of those. A field report from Farmeramra reporter Camilla Williamson at Castello di Potentino, a small-scale sustainable vineyard in Italy.

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03 Farmerama  

We hear how young Scottish crofters are keeping cultural traditions and farming know-how alive; we discuss seaweed harvesting along the coast of Ireland; we learn about how a Lebanese farmer and South African harvester are using alternative approaches to certification to sell their produce and finally we hear from a couple on an around the world seed-saving and sharing mission by bike. All of these stories are from the Slow Food Youth Network’s ‘united nations of young farmers’, a meeting of young farmers and growers from 130 countries. We are excited to share all the good ideas and clever initiatives from this event over the next few months.

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02 Farmerama  

In the second episode of Farmerama, Nigel, Jo and Abby take a close look at Natural Agriculture after a visit to the Shumei farm near Yatesbury. They also investigate some of the ways farms are trying to get local communities more interested in growing and farming. There's a visit to a CSA farm near Swansea, a community garden in midlands, and an urban farm in Bristol.

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Farmerama Radio shares great stories from the smaller scale farming movement in the UK. We are out in the field digging out what's really going on. In Episode one we went to the annual CSA gathering to learn the ins and outs of community supported agriculture, Nigel visits a Devon Water buffalo farm and Zarah Rahman investigates the historical significance of seeds.

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