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

17 Farmerama  

This is a special edition of Farmerama recorded with a guest host, eco-chef Doug, from Silo restaurant in Brighton. He tells us how his zero-waste philosophy has transformed what it means to serve food, and a local pig-farmer tells us what it’s like to work with a zero-waste chef. In Norfolk we learn all about the craft of managing ancient woodland sustainably and profitably, now and for many generations to come. Finally farming celebrity Joel Salatin tells us about respecting the pigness of the pig and what future technology he hopes to see.

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16 Farmerama  

Farmerama have learnt some of the best economic models for farming copy nature’s clever ways of making many things from the same piece of land. Stephen Briggs tells us how he farms organic apples and cereals on his 150 acres in Cambridgeshire and fills us in on agroforestry or ‘3D farming’. We also hear a few thoughts from Ben Raskin who is just starting a new agroforestry project in Wiltshire. Abby shares a tool she initially created for her family’s farm to help them build a more resilient business using ‘small data’. Now other farmers are using it in the UK and Chile, in particular we hear from Davenport Vineyards about how they have used it to help their organic vineyard prosper. We finish with a bit of a food sovereignty focus – two reports from different ends of Britain both building people’s food policies. In our divided world we wonder if food and farming could be a web that will connect us all.

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15 Farmerama  

After last month’s words from farmers around the world, we are now back on British soil. We have stories from Perthshire to Devon but we start on the west coast, with Patrick Holden from the Sustainable Food Trust. Patrick tells us about how he makes the most of the by-products from his dairy farm, and what a positive effect transparent pricing could have on farmers. We hear about a great little trick for soil testing on the cheap, the TBI – And then we are in Shropshire to find out about some of the ups and downs of Woofing. Finally, we get a collection of dispatches from the first Scottish Farmhack, an experience that had many people excited to share ideas and build tools together.

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14 Farmerama  

We recorded Farmerama ‘live’ from Turin, Italy this month where thousands of small-scale farmers, shepherds, fishers, chefs and people committed to more resilient food systems from over 100 hundred countries around the world have come together to celebrate and share food and farming knowledge at the Slow Food Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, it's like the UN for food systems. In Turin an eco-gastronomer tells us about feeding all of our senses, a once-fisherman shares storytelling as an alternative to certification and we hear the united voices of farmers from around the globe coming together thanks to the Slow Food Network. Back home the holistic management framework gives one mob-grazer some clear goals at home and in the fields, a dairy farmer has a super simple calf-feeding technique for his herd and we hear about the Alabama-Cuban Oggun Tractor - an open-source, easily fixable tractor.

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Field Report: Urban Food Fortnight  

This is a special field report for Farmerama, we dig into Urban Food Fortnight which descends on London from 9th - 25th of September. Urban Food Fortnight is London Food Link’s celebration of the fantastic amount of food being grown, made, cooked and saved in London and the amazing stories behind it. We teamed up with London Food Link to weave together tips, tricks and ideas from some of the people and projects involved: GrowUp Aquaponics farm, Dusty Knuckles Bakery, Plan Zheroes waste food savers and seasonal chef Oliver Rowe.

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13 Farmerama  

We are at a crossroads in British food and farming history, so this month we begin to probe the post-Brexit discussion. We hear a few candid kitchen-table chats with different farm families. Some hidden truths about soil testing are revealed, and we learn about practical knowledge sharing platform Agricology, bridging the gap between science and what really happens on the farm. Plus one of the projects they feature: Fit for the Future Network, sharing experiences of renewable energy. And Heritage seeds head from Norway to the Middle East, returning to their homeland on an artistic voyage of discovery. This is the beginning, we all need to and sew the seeds of an agricultural policy that leads to a positive food and farming future in the UK.

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12 Farmerama  

It’s July and we’ve now been following the nitty gritty of the smaller-scale farming world for one whole growing year. One revolution of this world around the sun. We’ve chanced upon and dug up so many stories and met inspirational farmers and growers as the podcast has spiralled into an adventure leading us to uncover different ideas, perspectives and techniques along the way. This month we are in Utah for a garlic special in the Wasatch mountains. Hannah hears from a Dagenham farm trainee about how opportunities in farming are making a difference to people's lives. We learn about the long-established Mexican tradition of intercropping and compare it to the similar technique of companion cropping here in the UK. Finally we get an introduction to neo-peasant politics.

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11 Farmerama  

This episode we are brimming with innovations and new perspectives from all over the world. We enjoy crowd farming oranges in Valencia, WeFarm’s farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing in Kenya and Peru and the community fuel of Food Assemblies around the country - all part of a panel discussion we chaired at the ReWork Future of Food Summit. Ben Raskin is back as he chats to Alan Schofield about an organic perspective on hydroponics, can soil-less growing be organic? Abby gets the low-down on a super salad tool from Pete at Sandhill Farms in Utah, and we learn how to eat our way to a stable climate by becoming climavores: landscape-based eating as proposed by design studio Cooking Sections.

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10 Farmerama  

Farmerama continues to share stories of experimentation – growers, farmers and food-makers doing things a little bit differently. This month the tables are turned for Hannah as Alice Holden discovers Hannah’s work with kids in London and just what it takes to earn a living as a grower. Scottish kids also feature as Ruth from Harris Farm Meats gets giddy about her goats. John and Joanna Cherry share what it takes to regenerate soils after many years of conventional farming, using a combo of no-till, mob-grazing and herbal leys. And we have more poetry for you this month, as Dani Pandolfi and Sarah McCreadie rap their heads around roast dinners and what it means to eat meat. Lot’s to share and celebrate.

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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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01 Farmerama  

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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