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  • Cockhaise Farm: Growing In More Ways Than One
    Dan Burdett is back with an update on the latest news and some exciting plans for growth in more ways than one at Cockhaise Farm After months of negotiation I have finally managed to strike a deal with another farm to rear my youngstock from 6-18 months of age.  This will free up space here […] The post Cockhaise Farm: Growing In More Ways Than One appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • #OurField: Should we add nitrogen fertiliser or not?
    Phoebe Tickell from the co-farming collective #Ourfield tells us about an exciting project that involves 40 people who have co-invested in a field of grain.. For the past 6 months, 40 people from across the UK (and one from France!) have been doing something called ‘co-farming’ a field in Hertfordshire, from afar. What?! – I hear […] The post #OurField: Should we add nitrogen fertiliser or not? a...
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  • Farmerama Radio: Episode 22 – Beauty, land, rewilding, upland sheep farming and spiritual ecology
    This month’s Farmerama Radio episode is a little different to usual as we weave in and out of a conversation we had with Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust. Her recent book The Fight for Beauty is a call to arms for all of us to pay more attention to matters of […] The post Farmerama Radio: Episode 22 – Beauty, land, rewilding, upland sheep farming and spiritual ec...
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  • Groundswell – Join the Farming Revolution
    A groundswell of farmers around the world are working out how to farm in a more ecologically friendly way. One the farmers leading the farming revolution in the UK is John Cherry, who has set up a 2-day conference on his farm in Hertfordshire 28th and 29th of June… A fabulous con-trick has been performed […] The post Groundswell – Join the Farming Revolution appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • Review: LandBase 3-day Market Gardening Course
    Kent based fruit and veg grower Jacks Boggia shares some of the highlights of a 3-day Market Gardening course run by Landbase down in Dorset… Whilst in the middle of moving farm sites, and waiting for various answers that were out of my control, I found myself with some time on my hands which would be a […] The post Review: LandBase 3-day Market Gardening Course appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • Ecological Land Cooperative: Why new entrants need your support
    With only 11 days to go until the Ecological Land Co-operative’s Community Share Offer (www.ethex.org.uk/ecologicalland) ends, read why new entrants to agriculture need your support. From hill-side sheep farming to no-dig market gardening, working and managing the land is a varied enterprise. Yet for many, farming and growing the food we eat, is little regarded. […] The post Ecological Land Coope...
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  • Farmerama Radio: Episode 21 – Care Farming to cover crop porridge
    Care farming around the world, cover crop porridge, small farmers acitvism, purple corn & Pasture for Life poetry… This month we hear from Robin Asquith (pictured middle below), Yorkshire-based Care Farm Manager at Camphill Village Trust, about an amazing variety of Care Farming projects he visited around the world as part of his Nuffield Farming Scholarship. From […] The post Farmerama Radio: Ep...
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  • Plaw Hatch Farm Diaries: Spring Update
    Gala is back with a spring update after a busy few months at Plaw Hatch doing what she loves best. Those of you who follow her Instagram account (farmergala) will know she’s got a new apprentice who we were delighted to meet when she dropped in for a cuppa recently… Spring has really arrived and […] The post Plaw Hatch Farm Diaries: Spring Update appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • A visit from the Food Programme
    At the height of lambing, exhausted, dishevelled, with a strong scent of eau de sheep about me, I overheard Nigel tell Radio Four we’d be delighted to host a discussion on lamb..says Monica Akehurst Why is it that the ‘phone invariably rings as you’re heading out the door? Returning to answer it, the voice on […] The post A visit from the Food Programme appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • Mountain Hall Farm: Reflections on self-sufficiency, community and dependency
    Alex Heffron is back with a bumper update. It’s all go with lots of work well underway for their first full season, preparing for their farm wedding and some other exciting family news.. It’s been a while since my last update on Indie Farmer, and that’s generally because we’ve been too busy getting everything in […] The post Mountain Hall Farm: Reflections on self-sufficiency, community and depen...
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  • Bullying and intimidation in abattoirs threatens food safety checks
    Food safety and animal welfare checks in abattoirs are being hampered 
because of bullying and harassment of inspection staff. Food Investigator Andrew Wasley reports.. Data obtained by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism highlights how 
meat hygiene inspectors and vets working for the Food Standards Agency
 (FSA) endure regular abuse and intimidation – and in some cases
 physical […] The post...
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  • Photo Essay: Native Mallorcan Cattle – Back from the Brink
    On a mission to raise awareness of Native Mallorcan Cattle Photographer Magdalena Puigserver has documented the breed and the people who have saved it from the brink of extinction. A breed on the brink of extinction The story begins around 1980 when the existence of a small number of cattle kept on farms in the Northern […] The post Photo Essay: Native Mallorcan Cattle – Back from the Brink appea...
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  • Cockhaise Farm: Looking to the Future
    Recent articles and social media posts claiming dairy farmers to be murderers and rapists are saddening for me as they have no wish to have reasonable debates, instead leaning towards the sensational to aid their cause says Dan Burdett As I sit here on a gloriously sunny April day, the light at the end of the […] The post Cockhaise Farm: Looking to the Future appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • Let off by a speed cop
    We now know that we are dispensable, as in our absence “The Boy” did good.. I awoke to the sounds of exuberant cleaning at close quarters. I opened one eye, to discover that Tilley had replaced my husband who had gone to check on calving cows.  A pile of farm fresh dirt lay on the […] The post Let off by a speed cop appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • Local grain economies and enlightened bread making
    James Friend considers the importance of local grain economies to enlightened bread-making and explores what determines the quality of bread, and why quality matters in terms of health, flavour, environmental and community benefits. Give us this day our daily bread ur dependency on bread for sustenance is ancient and our relationship with it is even considered […] The post Local grain economies a...
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  • Q&A: Carlo Bolzoni – Independent Documentary Filmmaker
    We loved the heart warming tale of The Girgentana Goat and recently caught up with the indie Filmmaker Carlo Bolzoni to find out more.. Indie Farmer: We really enjoyed your first documentary  – can you tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind making it and how you found Giacomo?   Carlo Bolzoni: My interest in […] The post Q&A: Carlo Bolzoni – Independent Documentary Filmmaker appeared fir...
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  • Short Film: The Girgentana Goat
    Italian film maker Carlo Bolzoni drove down to one of the most southern parts of Europe looking for an ancient Sicilian goat, the Girgentana goat… At approximately 25 kilometres from the Mediterranean sea, on a rocky knoll once surrounded by several water sources, arises Campobello di Licata. The name of this small town originates from […] The post Short Film: The Girgentana Goat appeared first o...
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  • Farmerama Radio: Episode 20 – Halal Meat, Open Food Network and more
    This month we celebrate the dawn of Spring as we bring you stories from many different communities across the UK.. Abraham Organics gives us the low-down on halal and the meat they supply to the Muslim community in London. We hear how Open Food Network Australia Open Food Network UK work with Open Source technology […] The post Farmerama Radio: Episode 20 – Halal Meat, Open Food Network and more ...
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  • Lambing Help Needed
    Lambing Help Needed – we have a vacancy for lambing work this season at Hockham Farm in East Sussex Join our team from the 10th of April next month, helping us manage 270 ewes, lambing inside and out. No experience necessary but you’ll need to be practical, hard working, conscientious, punctual and reliable 8-12hr days […] The post Lambing Help Needed appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • Q&A: Gerrard Gethings – Animal Portrait Photographer
    We recently caught up with London based Animal Portrait Photographer Gerrard Gethings to talk about the methods behind his incredible animal portraits, including some useful tips and tricks we can’t wait to employ ourselves… Indie Farmer : Can you give us a bit of background on how you got into photography and what inspired you […] The post Q&A: Gerrard Gethings – Animal Portrait Photographer app...
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  • Farmerama Radio: Episode 19 – old & new tech, rewilding and future growers..
    In episode 19 we explore old & new tech, rewilding, future growers & Cambodian adventures As spring draws nearer we bring you Joel Salatin talking traditional methods and modern tools. Joel calls this new-fashioned farming, where systems such as cow-feed lots and high chemical input systems are now old-fashioned. We also have an example of […] The post Farmerama Radio: Episode 19 – old & new tech...
  • Making comparisons with New Zealand farmers is unjust
    Although New Zealand farmers’ adjustment to life without subsidies has been admirable, making comparisons with what happens in Britain is unjust says Monica Akehurst What’s good for the gander is good for the goose, don’t you agree? I thought I’d try the walkabout lifestyle. Well, it wouldn’t do to be upstaged by Adam Henson. So I […] The post Making comparisons with New Zealand farmers is unjust...
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  • The Calf At Foot Dairy
    Michael Harding takes a trip to East Anglia to meet Fiona Provan, the founder and driving force behind Calf At Foot Dairy. As a small-scale farmer I am always interested in hearing about other farmers who are trying out new and innovative farming techniques (or going back to older ideas that have been forgotten in […] The post The Calf At Foot Dairy appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • Tim Green 22.11.1974 – 10.02.2017
    We pay tribute to agro-ecological farming pioneer and film maker, Tim Green, who was tragically killed in a tractor accident on Village Farm in Devon Sadly I never had the privilege of meeting Tim but having seen the tragic news on Village Farm’s facebook page a few days ago I felt compelled to post a […] The post Tim Green 22.11.1974 – 10.02.2017 appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • Social media can bring you more than you bargained for
    Fake news, social media, publicity: embrace it or ignore it, there’s no denying modern communication has an impact says Monica Akehurst Working in A&E on new year’s eve, there’s plenty of action, alcohol fumes and never a dull moment. I recall a very jovial, not so young gentleman who had attempted to ride his bicycle […] The post Social media can bring you more than you bargained for appeared fi...
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  • Farmerama Radio: Episode 18 – ORFC17, Charles Dowding and more..
    For much of the farming community in the northern hemisphere, January is time to engage in conversation and share ideas and so we headed to the 8th Annual ORFC – Oxford Real Farming Conference at Oxford Town Hall, where over 800 farmers, chefs, makers, scientists and activists came together to share highs and lows encountered […] The post Farmerama Radio: Episode 18 – ORFC17, Charles Dowding and ...
  • Cockhaise Farm: New Year Highs and Lows
    This month has seen contrasting events on the farm, from the giddying heights right down to the darkest depths says Dan Burdett.. Trust a farmer to challenge the winter weather to a duel!  After my short-wearing boast last month the winter has well and truly bitten here in Sussex, with most of January spent at […] The post Cockhaise Farm: New Year Highs and Lows appeared first on Indie Farmer.
  • Mountain Hall Farm: It’s not all about the animals
    It’s about the garden too says Alex Heffron in his latest update from Mountain Hall Farm.. The animals certainly take most of our time but it’s not all about them, even if they think it is. No, it’s not about us either, it’s about the garden too. One of our goals is to be producing […] The post Mountain Hall Farm: It’s not all about the animals appeared first on Indie Farmer.
  • Our dietary guidelines are a nonsense
    It’s time to put the old year behind us, learn from our mistakes and revel in our successes says Monica Akehurst Whatever happened, it’s in the past. The new year is all about remembering the experiences and moving on. I enjoy opening up the crisp pages of a new diary waiting to be filled with […] The post Our dietary guidelines are a nonsense appeared first on Indie Farmer.
  • Brexit and farming: What happens next?
    Melanie Steele explores what Brexit will mean for farmers and food producers 6-months on from the referendum.. Six months have already passed since the Referendum on Brexit. Just about everyone now accepts that we are going to leave the EU; we are even beginning to believe that President Trump is not something dreamed up on […] The post Brexit and farming: What happens next? appeared first on Ind...
  • Photo story: Faces and Soundbites of ORFC17
    Last week we went along to the much-loved Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC17), the annual food and farming event set up as an alternative to the Oxford Farming Conference.. Firstly a bit of background for those of you who haven’t been before – ORFC is a unique gathering of the UK’s sustainable and organic food […] The post Photo story: Faces and Soundbites of ORFC17 appeared first on Indie Fa...
  • Top 10 tips for WWOOFing
    Interested in gaining some practical experience on working Organic Farms in exchange for accommodation and food? Here are our top 10 tips for WWOOFing courtesy of Scarlett Penn UK WWOOF co-ordinator.. If you’re new to volunteer exchanges, setting yourself up for your first trip away can be daunting. If you’ve just joined WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities […] The post Top 10 tips for WWOOFing appear...
  • Cornish Gouda: Survival of the small scale dairy farmer
    Abi Aspen Glencross visits a small scale dairy farmer in Cornwall to find out how a pioneering Gouda cheese business is helping build a more resilient farm business… We all know the dire state of British dairy farming. Poor milk prices are causing British dairy farmers to go out of business left right and centre with a loss […] The post Cornish Gouda: Survival of the small scale dairy farmer appe...
  • Top 10 most read farming and food stories of 2016
    As 2016 draws to a close we’d like to thank our growing community of farmers, food artisans, writers, photographers and everyone else that helps make Indie Farmer what is is. Here are our top ten most read farming and food stories from 2016 (in case you missed them first time round) and we look forward […] The post Top 10 most read farming and food stories of 2016 appeared first on Indie Farmer.
  • Farmerama Radio: Episode 17 – Silo, Ancient Woodland and Joel Salatin
    In the depths of the long dark nights we wanted to do something a little different, so we headed to Silo in Brighton to record with special co-host, eco-chef Doug McMaster. He tells us all about his zero-waste philosophy and how this simple starting point has transformed what it means to serve food. We also […] The post Farmerama Radio: Episode 17 – Silo, Ancient Woodland and Joel Salatin appeare...
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  • smaller-scale farm tech and tools
    In the latest edition of smaller-scale farm tech and tools the vidacycle tech team uncover clever ways of farming with a ‘crowd’ behind you, flowing beehives and a new resource of practical tips to farm more sustainably. Crowdfarming  – anyone online can adopt a tree or beehive on the farm A family farm in Valencia have created a crowdfarming […] The post smaller-scale farm tech and tools appeare...
  • José Pizarro: “British asparagus is best in the world”
    ‘I’m very disappointed,’ says the multi-eponymous-restaurant-owning José Pizarro. Referring, rather lugubriously, to the results of the EU referendum. And who can blame him – restaurants are having to prepare for not only an exodus from their dining rooms (people spend less in an uncertain economy), but their kitchens too. ‘Almost half my staff are Spanish,’ […] The post José Pizarro: “British as...
  • The Country Chronicles – August 2016
    In her final instalment of Country Chronicles for Indie Farmer – Jodie updates us on farm life over the summer, explains what culling means and makes plans for the future.. Well the Summer well and truly arrived in August! I am so pleased we have had enough dry weather to get the farm tidied up. […] The post The Country Chronicles – August 2016 appeared first on Indie Farmer.
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  • EU Hygiene number frustrations
    Have you ever felt like throwing your phone on the floor and stamping on it? Tempting and probably immensely satisfying, but as phones are invaluable bits of kit, it’s unlikely. Achieving  Communication with another human on the receiving end can be a rare treat these days. My mission began because the corn merchants Assurance Inspector […] The post EU Hygiene number frustrations appeared first o...
  • Farm Tech: Open Food Network available in the UK
    With the demand for quality local food on the increase we were delighted when Open Food Network got in touch to tell us their open source food hub software is now available to small businesses here in the UK. Nick Weir gives us the low down. We think that if we are going to work towards […] The post Farm Tech: Open Food Network available in the UK appeared first on Indie Farmer.

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