Rock and Roll Farming Podcast

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Don’t You Want Red Tractor Baby


Tonight I’m delighted to be heading down to London to talk to the CEO of Red Tractor, Jim Moseley.

We start off by talking about what the Red Tractor Scheme actually is, and how it came about, before going in to Jim’s early career and how he got to where he is now.

We talk about his achievements as a highly successful athlete as a young man, racing against legends such as Sen Coe and Steve Ovette, and running 100 metres in 10.7 seconds, AND a marathon in 2 hours and 40 minutes!

We then go into more detail about Red Tractor itself, discussing the amount of farmers involved in the scheme, some of the standards that have to be complied to, and how it works throughout the entire food chain.

We then talk at length about the new TV advert and how it came about, what the purpose of it is, and the thought process behind it, before moving on to discuss the new standards they’re implementing at farm level, and the reasoning behind it.

We also talk about Jim’s vision for the future of Red Tractor, and how he sees it being THE standard for British food, both at home and abroad.

Also includes a phenomenal Dad Joke at the end. 10/10.

All this and much, much more.

Jim’s a fascinating guy, and is extremely passionate about the British food industry, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to him 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 www.farmafrica.org & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 – thank you!

 

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 vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – British Flowers Rock!


Tonight I’m heading all the way down to West Sussex to talk to flower grower, Ben Cross @AlstroemeriaBen

We talk about the fact that he’s a 4th generation grower at Crosslands Flower Nursery, that was established by his Great Grandparents in 1936 starting on the LSA (Land Settlement Association).

We go into the ten years he spent as a Marine Scientist, before the call of home proved too much, and his return to the family business growing Alstroemerias. We talk about the flowers themselves, how they’re grown, how the greenhouses are heated, how they’re harvested, and how they’re sold, with a large proportion of them going direct to florists and farm shops.

We discuss the severe challenges he faces as a British flower grower, with a staggering 90% of cut flowers in the UK being imported from countries such as Ecuador, Cambodia, Colombia, and Kenya, and the associated environmental impact that has, and how he’s campaigning to raise awareness of the benefits of British flowers.

Ben’s incredibly passionate about both his family business, and the British Flower industry, and it was an real pleasure to talk to him and learn more about what he’s doing.

Look for ‘Crosslands Flower Nursery’ on Facebook to see some of the fantastic videos he’s putting out straight from the Nursery.

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 www.farmafrica.org & if you’d like to sponsor me the link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-evans12 – thank you!

 

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 vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Agroforestry: it’s treemendous


Tonight I’m heading over to the Cambridgeshire Fens to talk to farmer and head of Soil & Water at Innovation for Agriculture, Steve Briggs @Steve95226621

We talk about the area that he farms in, and it’s unique landscape, before going on to hear about his early days as a design engineer and why he eventually re-trained in Agriculture, specialising in soils.

We discuss his travels in Africa and India, working on projects helping to develop soils there, and some of his highlights of that time, before his return to England to work as a consultant with organic farmers (the only people interested in soils at that time!).

We then talk about how after several attempts to get a tenancy, he and his wife were successful in 2007, and moved onto a Cambridge county council farm. We discuss the state of the farm when they arrived and how he converted it to organic status, before hearing  by chance about this thing called Agroforestry!

We talk in depth about how that led to him doing a Nuffield Scholarship in the subject, which saw him travel all around the World, including to China, where he saw some extremely impressive systems, and how he then applied it to his own farm at home. We hear about what it is, how he started it, and the multiple benefits it’s delivered, both economically and environmentally.

We also talk about their latest venture on the farm, a farm shop! www.harvestbarn.co.uk , and their plans for the future.

All this, and much, much more.

This is genuinely one of the most interesting podcast interviews I’ve done so far, it was an absolute pleasure talking to Steve tonight.

Check it out folks..

 

 

 

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 vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – AgriCOOLture


Tonight I’m heading all the way down to Waikato in New Zealand to talk to recent graduate and farmer, Emily Davis.

We talk about what she’s doing in New Zealand, and how it’s a long way from her native Lincolnshire where she grew up surrounded by large arable farms and wanting to be a farmer.

We discuss the brilliant ‘careers advice’ she received at school, where she was discouraged from pursuing a career in agriculture, and her decision to ring a local farmer to ask for work experience, which led to two years of various roles on farms around the country.

We talk about her participation in the Farmer’s Weekly Farm Apprentice Bootcamp in 2016, and what she got from that, before going on to talk at length about the Youth Ag summit, that she attended in Brussels last year, and what an incredible experience the was. We go into the various things that were discussed there with delegates from all around the World, and what the three main things she took away from it were.

(For further information on next year’s Youth Ag Summit, in Brazil, check out www.youthagsummit.com )

All this and much, much more.

Emily’s a real inspiration to anyone looking to get into agriculture as a career, and it was a real pleasure to talk to her tonight.

Check it out folks..

 

 

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 vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com

Rock & Roll Farming Podcast – NFU Mutual ‘Ahead of the Field’ Special


Rock & Roll Farming is proud to present the first NFU Mutual ‘Ahead of the Field’ podcast.

We visited Lyndon Farms in Leicestershire to look at their diversification into Agri-Contracting.

To find other podcasts in the series, or to subscribe, search for ‘NFU Mutual’ in your podcast app.

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Pure Kent


Tonight I’m delighted to be heading down to the far south East of England, to Kent, to talk to Guy & Claire Eckley @No1FarmerGuy @PureKent

We talk about their backgrounds growing up on farms in Kent & Mid-Wales respectively, and how after University Claire moved down to Kent and got involved with the local YFC where Guy was a member (Still not entirely clear who chatted up who initially..).

We also talk all about their diversification into Oilseed Rape Oil production and how it’s developed over the years, and the various ways they market and sell it, from wholesale to farmer’s markets.

We discuss the farm itself, and the crops they grow there, as well as the two different tillage systems they use, and the pros and cons of both.

We go into their continued involvement in YFC over the years, from being members themselves, to Claire forming a new club where their boys now both attend.

And we also talk about Claire’s breast cancer that she contracted in 2012, the difficulties it caused, and how that ultimately changed her perspective on life.

All this and much, much more.

Guy and Claire are great people, and great farmers, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to them tonight and find out more about what they do.

Check it out folks..

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Farming in the City


Tonight I’m delighted to be heading down to London to talk to the CEO of Kentish Town City Farm, Gus Alston @GusAlston @KTCityFarm

We talk about his early life growing up very close to the farm, and how getting involved with Forest School Camps as a child eventually led him becoming a volunteer with the organisation at the age of 18, before going on to hear about how he got first got into the charity sector almost by accident, when helping to build an adventure playground he ended up as a deputy coordinator in charge of 120 children!

We discuss the various different jobs he’s done, including a spell at the Pirate Castle, a community boating charity, where he achieved his highest ever fundraising success, (an incredible £234k!) before going on to talk about his eventually working with Kentish town city farm as a consultant, and then gaining the job of CEO in December 2016.

We talk about the farm in detail, from the different animals they have there, to the regular events they hold, and the incredible role it plays in the community. We discuss the different ways they have to make money to keep going, with funding cuts making things increasingly difficult for small charities, as well as the different ways the farm helps all ages of people, either educationally or therapeutically.

All this and lots more.

I’m always humbled when I speak to individuals who dedicate their lives to helping others, and bringing people together, and Gus is definitely one of them. It was fantastic to learn more about what they do at Kentish Town City Farm.

Check it out folks..

 

 

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 vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – YFC 4 Life


Tonight I’m heading up to Withnell in Lancashire to talk to marketing officer, freelance journalist, and Vice Chairman of Lancashire YFC, Alice Singleton @alicemay_sing

We start of by talking about her family farm, that her parents bought 12 years ago, and the herd of Angus & Hereford Cows they run there, before going on to talk about their exciting diversification project, a gin distillery! We talk about Cuckoo Gin in detail, including the local ingredients they use, and how sustainability is so important to the business (For more info: www.brindledistillery.co.uk ).

We talk about the various jobs she does, from being a full time Marketing Officer at Lancashire wildlife Trust, to trying to build up a freelance journalism and photography business, and what she enjoys most about the different roles. We also talk about rural crime, and how it’s affected her and her family recently, with two different break-ins at their farms.

Lastly, we talk in depth about her 13 year involvement in the Young Farmers Clubs, from a 12 year old new member, right on through to becoming Vice Chairman of Lancashire YFC, and winning the the prestigious NFYFC Member of the Year.

We go into what YFC means to her, and what she’s got out of it over the years, before we move on to discuss the recent controversial cancellation of the annual convention. We hear her opinions on the subject, and what she thinks might happen next.

All this and much, much more.

It was fantastic to talk to someone as articulate, passionate and enthusiastic as Alice for the podcast tonight, and hear her views on a wide range of subjects.

Check it out folks..

 

 

Episode Sponsors:

AFTP – Agrifood Training Partnership. Please visit www.aftp.co.uk/podcast to check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 10% discount on selected courses use the word ‘podcast’ at check out!

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 vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com

Rock & Roll Farming Podcast – Sam Watson Jones


Today I’m heading over the border to Sunny Shropshire to talk to farmer and co-founder of Small Robot Company, Sam Watson Jones @samjwj @smallrobotco

We talk about his family’s farm near Newport where they’ve been for 4 generations, and the various enterprises they have going on there, and also Sam’s decision to become a farmer whilst studying english literature at Newcastle University.

We go into the various job’s he during the 5 years he spent away from the farm, including teaching at a tough inner city secondary school, and working for a global consultancy firm. We also discuss some of the changes he made after returning to the farm, including why he felt diversifying the business’s income streams was so important.

We then talk about Small Robot company at length, including how it initially came about, how the robots (Tom, Dick, Harry, and Wilma) work, what they’re trying to achieve with it, and how robotics are going to change agriculture sooner than we all think.

Will the robots rise up and murder him in his sleep? Who knows, but in the meantime, it was fantastic to talk to such an enterprising and entrepreneurial man as Sam, and learn more about Small Robot Company.

Check it out folks..

 

Episode Sponsors:

AFTP – Agrifood Training Partnership. Please visit www.aftp.co.uk/podcast to check out a wide range of agriculture-related online courses. For 25% discount on ‘poultry health online’ sign up now. To sign up for the free course ‘Understanding food supply Systems’ please visit www.futurelearn.com/courses/food-supply-systems

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 vlogs, please visit www.farmruralag.com

 

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Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – Jones the Journo


Tonight I’m delighted to be travelling down to the bight lights of Bristol to talk to journalist, Anna Jones @Jonesthejourno

We talk about her early life growing up on her family’s beef and sheep farm in the Welsh borders, and her decision at an early age to become a journalist. We hear about some of her early reporting jobs and her experiences there, before going on to getting a job on popular BBC TV show Countryfile as a researcher in 2006.

We talk about her time on Countryfile and her experiences there in depth, including why it divides opinion amongst farmers, broadcasting legend John Craven nearly being squashed by a 30ft Christmas tree, and I also attempt to find out who the biggest diva amongst the presenters is!

We then discuss her time at flagship BBC Radio 4 programme Farming Today, and some of the differences between working in TV and Radio, and some of the amazing stories that she covered there.

We hear about her Nuffield Scholarship – ‘Help or Hinder? How the Mainstream Media Portrays Farming to the Public’ and what she found out along the journey, before moving on to talk about her new initiative – Just Farmers – that will actively seek out and train farmers how to talk to the media and improve communication skills, and help to increase the public’s understanding of agriculture.

All this and plenty more.

Anna’s passion for agriculture and rural life is evident throughout the interview, and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to her tonight.

Check it out folks..

 

Rock & Roll Farming is proud to be a part of the Farm & Rural ag Network. For more great podcasts and vlogs please visit www.farmruralag.com

This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk

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