Author Archives: FRAN

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Somewhere Over The Sea

Tonight I’m absolutely thrilled to be heading up the most remote inhabited island in the British Isles, Fair Isle, to talk to crofter, Rachel Challoner @BarklandCroft

We talk about her early life in Lincolnshire, and how she initially trained to be a teacher, after studying music at university.

We then discuss how after realising that school teaching wasn’t for her, she ended up in the Royal Navy, sailing all over the World, before eventually transferring to the Army, where she taught Arabic to soldiers deploying to the Middle East. 

And we then go into her life on Fair Isle at length, how she got there, the challenges of Island life, her croft and sheep, how she’s become a part of the community, and the importance of social media as a connection to the outside World.

All this and much, much more. 

Rachel’s a real inspiration with how she’s made a life for herself in such an amazing, unique place, and it was a real pleasure to talk to her tonight. Check it out folks.. 

LONDON MARATHON 2019: As required by Universal law, much like if you’re a vegan, if you’re doing a marathon, you have to tell people about it. Well I’m doing the London one in April 2019, and I’m raising money for the incredible charity FARM AFRICA. If you want to see more about the AMAZING work they do please visit & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is – thank you!

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Shark Farmer Podcast – John Schlessiger Don’t be afraid to share your story

John Schlessiger wants to share the struggles of their family, because you can never tell who it’s going to help.

What the Farm Podcast – Kyle Wynette growing future beer

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Electrical Gremlins Beware! Be your farm’s Ghostbuster.

Eradicating intermittent electrical problems.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Magners Farm

Kylie and Billy Magner produce pasture-raised eggs and pasture-raised chicken near the village of Moyglass in Co. Tipperary. Kylie provides some background to starting a poultry enterprise, and producing an award-winning chicken bone broth, all told and sold under the Magners Farm label, just a few kilometres north of the historic walled-town of Fethard.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Piedmontese

In 2005, artisan farmer and food producer, John Commins began farming piedmontese cattle, a breed native to Italy, on his farm, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary. He now supplies this award-winning high-end beef into supermarkets, restaurants and online across Ireland.  In this episode, John also talks about his work with Avocet Bio-Solutions, trialling technology on his farm with the potential to make a significant global impact on sustainable food production.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Emma & The DPJ Foundation

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 

Episode Sponsors: 

Griffith Elder – Designers & Manufacturers of rugged weighing systems for heavy industrial use 

NFU Cymru – for more information please visit

Podcast Partners:

Farmer’s Guardian. For the biggest range of news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. To find more great podcasts and vlogs, please visit 

Future of Agriculture – California Water Law with Adam Borchard of ACWA

Adam Borchard is a Regulatory Advocate for the Association of California Water Agencies or ACWA. ACWA is an organization that seeks to inform Californians regarding their water supply and its policies. He has been actively representing California’s best interests in water policies for over five years and experienced drafting memoranda on various water-related acts in their state. Adam obtained his Juris Doctor in Environmental, Water, Public Agency Law from the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis.

Adam joins me today to discuss California’s water problems and enlighten us on what its future looks like from a sustainable and political viewpoint. He shares California’s water problem history and explains why it’s difficult to tackle the idea of entities owning water. He discusses some of the projects he believes will greatly help the state if fully implemented. Adam also describes the next big problem that will need to be solved in the future.

Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Lanie White, the fourth generation owner of the McFarland White Ranch.

“Water is the unwritten constitution of California.” – Adam Borchard

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • California’s water issues and a little history.
  • Who currently owns water and how it affects the farming industry.
  • The state’s geographical imbalance and how it affects the population.
  • His most difficult project to date and regulating water.
  • How water rights can be revoked and seniority factors.
  • The event that became a major water wake up call for Californians.
  • The next problem that California and the rest of the world will have to tackle.

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Shark Farmer Podcast – Quentin Shieldknight keepin the faith

Quentin Shieldknight is from the Texas Panhandle, where he and his family grow cotton, corn, and raise registered Red Angus.

Listen as he talks about his crazy spring with rain, hail, and tornadoes. What role does social media play in keeping farmers all over the world connected. Also, faith, family, and succession planning.

Idle Chatter Podcast – Hot Rod Farmer: Entrained fuel. The bubble machine in your fuel tank.

Your engine wants fuel and not air mixed with it!