Farm Radio at the crossroads - we need your support - click here to find out how you can help
Home Page Messages & AnnouncementsContact UsFarm radio team
About TrilithSorry...Guest Book has been disabled due to abuse.Special FeaturesCan I Listen?Links

"I have just been listening and think it's a great service. . . the radio article was fab, a really well crafted and balanced item . . . your programme on the website is absolutely excellent . . . Excellent editing, if I may say so, sir! . . ."

Past Programmes:

Click here or toggle down for April 08

 

 

John Holman explains the changes here on Farm Radio.                                                                                                                                    

Click on the bale to listen

"Farm Radio" on the Telly

Click here to watch Freddie Rostand's report from BBC South Today.

 

 

 

(29/05/08)

Quality Milk Management Services

See also "Andrew Bradley at QMMS"

Ever wondered what happens to your cow's milk sample on it's journey through the laboratory, well, Geoff Pagotto had a tour of Quality Milk Management Services in Westbury-sub-Mendip with Barbara Payne, who is in charge of the Laboratory, and technician Emily Combes to find out . . . and he also discovered why labs seem full of females!

www.qmms.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(28/05/08)

KINGSTON MAURWARD APPLE AND HARVEST DAY

There can be few things more satisfying than having other people gaze in admiration at the fruits of your labour. And there was lots of admiring gazing going on at the Kingston Maurward Apple and Harvest day back in October. The horticultural students had created stunning displays from the produce they’d grown, and they provided an impressive backdrop to the various activities and workshops on offer. Having heard rumour of 6 foot leeks and onions the size of footballs, Ali Grant couldn’t resist going along for a nose.

Click on the bale to listen

(22/05/08)

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Open Farm Sunday - "Feed Your Senses"

June 1st.

www.farmsunday.org

Click on the bale to listen

(22/05/08)

 

Long Crichel Walled Garden

Annie Sax was planning on going back to nursing after the birth of her second child. But her desire to become a gardener was so strong that she decided to change her career. A garden owned by a local bakery in the village of Long Crichel in Dorset had already been certified organic but wasn’t being cultivated, so Annie swapped her nurses uniform for jeans and wellies, and got stuck into the soil. Ali Grant went to the garden to speak to Annie and some of the volunteers who have also played a huge role in its success.

For more information:

Tel - 01258 830295

www.longcrichelbakery.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(21/05/08)

Trouble in the Hives

A startling headline claim that bees could face extinction within 10 years drew Geoff Pagotto to visit Somerset Bee Keeper David Morris. The so called Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, has been seen in hives across Europe the UK and the United States, where it was first observed just two years ago. But are bees really at that much risk?  Geoff caught up with David as he prepared for the start of the bee season.

  

 

David Morris e-mail:

www.somersetbeekeepers.org.uk

Also see Defra Bee Consultation document:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/bee-health/index.htm

Click on the bale to listen

(20/05/08)

Oliver Dowding Fears for the Future of Homeopathy

On a slightly blustery day at Shepton Montague, Geoff Pagotto found out from organic farmer Oliver Dowding that there's an ill-wind blowing for alternative medicines.  Recent cutbacks by the NHS for homeopathy could be the thin end of a wedge, Oliver warns.

 

Click here to read the NHS-commissioned report on homeopathic services:

Click here for the online petition:

Click here for how to get homeopathic treatment on the NHS:

Click on the bale to listen

(19/05/08)

 

Cannington Grain

Cannington Grain is a shining example of what co-operating farmers can achieve.  It's just celebrated 30 years and Geoff Pagotto found out from their grain marketeer Ian Eastwood what the next 30 might bring - in particular, the next two seasons . . .

E-mail

www.grainfarmers.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(14/05/08)

Leigh and Jon Hext

Ever wondered what police officers do to relax?  Well, Leigh and Jon Hext, both serving officers, come back to their small-holding and spend their spare time tending their sheep, chickens, pigs and, shortly, Red Devon cattle.  Farm Radio's John Burgess visited them to see how it all works out.

Click on the bale to listen

(14/05/08)

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Bournemouth World Food Festival

July 12th and 13th.

www.bournemouthfoodfestival.co.uk

E-mail

Click on the bale to listen

(12/05/08)

BEST IN DORSET – PART 2, AT A FARMERS MARKET

(Also see Part 1, Janet and Martin Pook)

Janet and Martin Pook take their Best in Dorset farmers markets to at least 5 regular venues a month, and then there’s the special events on top. One of these was on Apple Day back in October, when they had their regular market running at Verwood, as well as a special at the Kingston Maurward Apple and Harvest Day. Ali Grant went along to talk to some of the producers, and to see Janet in action.

Contact:www.bestindorset.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(07/05/08)

Broadacre Farm

Take a drive around the lanes of Somerset and you’ll soon come across one of several farm shops now competing for local custom. The notion of diversification on the farm has been around for several years and there seems no let up in not putting all your eggs in one basket. Broadacre Farm on the Somerset Levels is the perfect example of such philosophy, since not only does it produce its own free-range eggs, it’s also home to Gloucester Old Spot and Tamworth Pigs, beef and lamb. James Harrison for Farm Radio called in on David Oram at his farm shop at Catsgore to sample the delights of farm diversity at its best...

www.broadacrefarmshop.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(07/05/08)

Get Ahead Hats

"If you want to get ahead, get a hat" ran the slogan for Dunn & Co and for Yorkshire farmers wife Beryl Otley 22 years ago it was the inspiration for the name of her Farm House based hat co-operative - Get Ahead Hats. Geoff Pagotto met the team inaugurating their first South West "shop" at 28 year old Sue Bell's, Withy Fold Farm, Westhay in Somerset.


 

Beryl Otley e-mail
Sue Bell e-mail

www.getaheadhats.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(07/05/08)

Alistair Cooper of Sydling Brook

Farm Radio’s Joss Vining visits Alistair Cooper on his farm, Sydling Brook, in the heart of Dorset to find out what motivated him to enter the world of farming and to talk about the ideas that he is developing with his unusual perspective on the enterprise.

Click on the bale to listen

(07/05/08)

 

Andrew Bradley at Quality Milk Management Services

See Also "Quality Milk Management Services"

Vet Andrew Bradley talks to Geoff Pagotto about a new venture, Quality Milk Management Services, a radical new initiative for providing relevant and vital data to dairy farmers.

Here more from Andrew in the January 05 Edition and in Edition 31, July 06.

www.qmms.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(30/04/08)

Best in Dorset - Part 1, Janet and Martin Pook

(Also see Part 2, At a Farmers' Market)

If you’re a producer and take your food to sell at a Best in Dorset farmers market, getting to the venue and selling your wares is all that’s going to have to concern you. That’s because Janet Pook will have sorted out everything else for you already. She and her husband organise and run the Best in Dorset farmers markets in several different parts of the county every month, where you’ll find arguably some of the finest food in the country. Their website’s well worth a look too, with many stories and articles written by Martin, a writer and graphic designer, as well as the man who puts up the brollies on market days. Ali Grant visited the couple at home, as they prepared for a special farmers market at Kingston Maurward College. Janet told her how it all began.
 

Contact:www.bestindorset.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(30/04/08)

Farm Placement Scheme

A new scheme to create work placements on farms for people with mental health problems is being poineered from the Whitfield Rural Activity Centre near Dorchester. Project manager, Paul Smart, talks to Margery Hookings about the scheme which is prompting interest from a number of small farms in Dorset. Margery plans to return in a few month’s time to speak to farmers and service users to find out how it is working for them.

Paul was inspired by the National Care Farming Initiative. Many participants on care farms experience improvements to their physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being. Participants connect with a healthy daily structure and meaningful work in a natural environment, gaining social, educational and training benefits.

Contact: www.ncfi.org.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(30/04/08)

The Empire Farm

Colleen Jackson recently visited The Empire Farm on the outskirts of Templecombe in the Blackmore Vale, Somerset, and talked to Sally Morgan about the 100 acre organic farm. Sally and her husband, Adrian, raise fowl and are keen to promote traditional and endangered breeds. They keep a small breeding flock of Dorsetdown and Southdown sheep and a herd of Gloucester Old Spot and Saddleback pigs. They are also currently running a series of courses. Sally said the livestock courses are ideal for people who own, or want to own, a smallholding and keep some poultry and animals, or maybe just want to spend a day on a farm gaining some new skills. The butchery, smoking, curing, sausage-making and game courses are great for foodies, chefs and smallholders who want to learn how to add value to their meat.

Contact: www.empirefarm.co.uk

Click on the bale to listen

(30/04/08)

100 Years of the NFU - Mary James


Mary James was Somerset's first female NFU County Chairman back in 1991 and as part of the NFU 100 years celebration Geoff Pagotto gleaned from Mary how it was being almost the only woman in a "Gentleman's club."

Click on the bale to listen

(25/04/08)

Woodland Tales - Tony and Mark Cottrell, thatchers


A thatcher for 35 years Tony Cottrell started his working life as a graphic designer, a career route initially chosen by his son Mark who has now just qualified as a Master Thatcher himself. Geoff Pagotto found out how they got on as they were doing the winter job of making their own thatching spares in a Dorset coppice woodland.

Anthony Cottrell
418 Merrifield, Wimborne, BH21 7AJ
Tel: 01202 880214

Click on the bale to listen

(25/04/08)

Woodland Tales - John Cody, Youth Worker


 
One of the groups using Dorset Coppice Group's Living Classroom is the local Youth club and Geoff Pagotto talks to Youth Worker John Cody about how he enthuses young people to meet people like Peter Moors, a self confessed woodland addict.

 

Peter Moors, Shalimar Designs:   www.shalimardesign.freeuk.com



Click on the bale to listen

(25/04/08)