Rock and Roll Farming Podcast

Rock and Roll Farming Podcast – CD & The Open Farm Sundays

Tonight i’m heading all the way down to beautiful Liskeard in Cornwall to talk to the Chief Exec of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), Caroline Drummond @LEAFchief

We talk about her early life growing up in the countryside, and how she developed a keen interest in all things farming, which resulted in her eventually becoming the first female President of the students union at Seale Hayne Agricultural College.

We also discuss her time as lead singer of CD & The Sensations (!), before going on to talk about her time travelling and working on various farms, including a stint on a cattle station in Australia. 

We then go into how she first came across LEAF, what the organisation does, and how she initially got involved in 1991, and how it’s changed and evolved in the 28 years she’s been there, before discussing at length the incredible OPEN FARM SUNDAY. We talk about what it is, how and why farmers can get involved, with this year’s event taking place on 9th June, and some of the incredible results they’re seeing in the perception of UK agriculture. 

For more information visit www.farmsunday.org 

All this and much, much more.

Caroline’s a legendary figure in British farming, and it was fantastic 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 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 – Freedom Crackers

Tonight for the 2018 Rock & Roll Farming Christmas Special and ONE HUNDREDTH EPISODE, I’m heading over to Illinois in the US of A to talk to the one and only Rob Sharkey @sf28430

They don’t have Christmas Crackers in America, that’s all I’m saying.. 

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 – One Step Beyond

Tonight I’m absolutely delighted to be heading up to Lanarkshire in Scotland to talk to the legendary former dairy farmer, army officer, landmine clearer, and now motivational speaker, Chris Moon @ChrisMoonMTB 

We talk about his early days growing up in Wiltshire in a framing community, and how he ended up studying Agriculture at Seale Hayne College after working on a local dairy farm, before going on to discuss his decision to go to Sandhurst and join the British Army as an Officer.

We go into his time there, before talking about his eventual decision to leave the Army and join the charity, HALO Trust, specialising in mine clearance. We then discuss at length how this led him to him being abducted by Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia, and how he successfully negotiated his release and that of two Cambodian colleagues, one of the very few Westerners to have survived such an experience.

Next we go on to talk about the day in 1995 that ‘he found a mine’ in remote East Africa, in a supposedly safe area, losing a hand and leg, and how he had to treat himself to survive. When he arrived in hospital in South Africa, the doctors said they’d never seen anyone live with such a small amount of blood.

We then discuss his unbelievably fast recovery, how he ran the London Marathon less than a year later, became the first leg amputee to complete the 250km Marathon de Sables held over 6 days through the Sahara desert, and now speaks to to businesses and organisations all over the world as a motivational speaker.

All this and much, much more.

Chris is one of the most incredibly inspirational people I’ve ever talked to, and it was a genuine privilege to get to speak to him for an hour tonight.

His book ‘One Step Beyond’ is widely available, (and I can highly recommend it as a Christmas present!) and for more information about the work that he does please visit www.chrismoon.co.uk

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 – 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