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Andrew Barclay the Butcher

   

With the watchword "local" very much in mind, Farm Radio's John Holman talks to butcher Andrew Barclay.

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                 (27/11/08)

Kath Gigg - Cheese Gig

(The fifth in a series featuring food producers of the Blackdown Hills and surrounding area)

As West Country dwellers we're spoilt for choice when it comes to good quality cheese.  A fact that hasn't been missed by self-confessed West Country "incomer" Kath Gigg who has created a "Cheese Gig".  Geoff Pagotto went to her Buckland St. Mary home to find out more . . .

www.thecheesegig.com

Previous items in this series:   "Tracey Mill Trout Farm - Free Range Trout?!", "Carol Farley of Gaddon Springs Farm", "Ruth Strange of Beech Hayes Farm", "Janet and Edward East of Yellingham Farm"

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                 (24/11/08)

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Preview - The Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair

The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Friday 5th December - Saturday 6th December

John Holman previews this important and popular seasonal farming event.

For details and to purchase tickets

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                 (24/11/08)

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development

 IAASTD

"Business as usual is not an option…. continuing to focus on production alone will undermine our agricultural capital and leave us with an increasingly degraded and divided planet." Bob Watson, Director IAASTD and DEFRA Chief Scientist, March 2008

On November 30th Farm Radio's John Holman attended a meeting at the Houses of Parliament, organised by the UK Food Group, sponsored by MPs Andrew George and Alan Simpson and chaired by Jeanette Longfield of Sustain, at which the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) was presented.  This unprecedented and far-reaching global report was sponsored by UN/World Bank and arose from the Earth Summit in Johannesburg in 2002.  400 natural and social scientists, biologists,  economists, biotechnologists and anthropologists from all over the world contributed. IAASTD was overseen by a 60 member bureau drawn from 30 different governments and from the same number of public research bodies, the private sector and non governmental organisations.

We are planning to produce some follow-up material on this report, which will have radical consequences for farmers worldwide, in due course but, in the meantime, do follow this link to find out more and also to hear recordings or read transcriptions of presentations from the above meeting from Bob Watson, Director IAASTD and DEFRA Chief Scientist, Patrick Mulvany, Practical Action, and Janet Cotter, Greenpeace.

http://www.ukfg.org.uk/agriculture_at_crossroads.php

(20/11/08)

Percy Schmeiser - Video Interview

Further to our audio items with Percy Schmeiser at Kingston Maurward, Rob Whittaker has kindly supplied us with this interview on video which he recorded with Percy and Farm Radio's Geoff Pagotto on that evening.

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(19/11/08)

 

To hear Geoff's audio only interview with Percy click here

To hear an audio recording of Percy's presentation click here

 

Lantra

What are "Key Skills"?  Do we need them?  What is a "Skills Broker" and, for that matter, does that funny hands advert "Train to Gain" apply to land based businesses? . . . Geoff Pagotto went to a Lantra workshop to find out.

www.lantra.co.uk

www.traintogain.gov.uk

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                 (18/11/08)

Community Service Volunteers - "Make a Difference Day"

 

Make a Difference Day (MADD) is an event run by the national organisation, Community Service Volunteers, every year. At Beaminster, young and the not-so-young helped clear allotment and cemetery land. Farm Radio’s Margery Hookings went along to the graveyard to uncover what was going on.

If you would like to make a difference to your local community by volunteering, contact the Volunteer Centre, Dorchester

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                 (17/11/08)

The Dairy Show, Part 5, David Munday of the Maize Growers Association

(Click here for Part 1, Will Sanderson of Milklink, Part 2, Duncan Forbes of Kingshay, Part 3, Paddy Gordan and Peter Edmundson, Vets, Part 4, Oliver Seeds)

We've heard the prospects of maize from the breeders point of view so the next point of call is the Maize Growers Association where we hear from farmer and MGa spokesman David Munday for his practical evaluation of the crop.

www.maizegrowersassociation.co.uk

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                 (14/11/08)

Beef and Growing Cattle South West, Part 5, Dr. Phil Hadley of Eblex

Beef and Growing Cattle South West is the Beef Event for South West producers and Geoff Pagotto brings seven stories to give you a flavour of the event.  (Click here for Part 1, Neil Parrish, MEP, Part 2, Oliver Edwards, Part 3, Amy Croucher, Butcher, Part 4, Rupert Dod, Farmer)

Heading towards a technical story Geoff Pagotto was surprised to have a smoke bomb thrust into his hand by Dr Phil Hadley of EBLEX who explained how it can help with winter housing . . .

www.eblex.org.uk

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                 (13/11/08)

Beaminster Young Farmers' Club Harvest Supper

 

After a spell in the doldrums, Beaminster Young Farmers’ Club has re-emerged as a thriving junior club. Farm Radio’s Margery Hookings and her husband were invited along to the club’s harvest supper at the Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, where they enjoyed a splendid meal, heard Philip Hardwill give a heartfelt toast to the club and then settled down for some explosive entertainment!

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                 (13/11/08)

The Dairy Show, Part 4, Oliver Seeds

(Click here for Part 1, Will Sanderson of Milklink, Part 2, Duncan Forbes of Kingshay, Part 3, Paddy Gordan and Peter Edmundson, Vets)

Maize . . . oh dear.  This year looks even more troublesome than 2007. With plant breeders focused ironically on drought prone varieties for mainland Europe, Geoff Pagotto asks Tony Walkers and David Rhodes, from seed house Oliver Seeds, the immediate harvest outlook and if we should persevere with the crop.

www.oliver-seeds.co.uk

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                 (12/11/08)

The Strummings of a Long-Distance Folk Singer - Robbie Teague

Robbie Teague, who was one of the founder members of the band Crooked Furrow, has just launched a book, "The Strummings of a Long Distance Folk Singer". The book was launched at a pledge auction at the Clock House Hotel, Chideock. Farm Radio’s Margery Hookings was there, running the gauntlet of irrepressible auctioneer Jim Rowe, while her husband bid unsuccessfully for a health and beauty package, which went to Pauline Bale. Robbie lived in Crewkerne for 30 years, as well as living in Beaminster and Ryall, and he works in Chard. Margery caught up with Robbie for a chat at his home in Bridport. One of his greatest achievements was getting the old folk singer, the late Charlie Wills from Ryall, on to vinyl.

Copies of the book are on sale at £7.50 at The Book Shop, Bridport; Serendip Books, Lyme Regis; Cilla & Camilla, Beaminster; Sherborne Book Shop; Morcombelake Post Office; The Clock House, Chideock; Words Etcetera, Dorchester; Dorset County Museum and hospice charity shops.

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                 (11/11/08)

Graham Harvey, "The Carbon Fields"

Erstwhile Farm Radio contributor, Graham Harvey, had the microphone turned towards him by his old chum Geoff Pagotto who went to Graham's west Somerset home to find out more about his just-published book, "The Carbon Fields" and to find out more about Graham the author.

www.grassrootsfood.co.uk

Graham's blog

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                 (10/11/08)

 

Toby Wiggins' Portraits of Wessex - the interviews

In Edition 44 of Farm Radio we featured a Dorset artist, Toby Wiggins, the creator of the "Portraits of Wessex" exhibition.  His paintings, all of people involved with agriculture, spent some time in the National Gallery in London, but now they're back on home turf and will be at the Dorset County Museum until November 29th.  As well as the portraits, Toby's exhibition included interviews that he'd recorded with everyone who sat for him.  Here are some of those recordings.  Click here for more as featured in Edition 44.

www.tobywiggins.co.uk

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Cider-makers

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(10/11/08)

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The Dairy Farmer

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(10/11/08)

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The Dexter Breeder

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(10/11/08)

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The Organic Farmer

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(10/11/08)

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The Emigrant 2

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(10/11/08)

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What Would GM Crops Mean for British Farmers?

A report on the Dorset and London legs of Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser's tour of England and Wales

Percy Schmeiser came to Kingston Maurward College near Dorchester last month to share his personal experiences of the effects of contamination of his fields with GM crops which was followed by 8 years of legal wrangling over patent issues and intellectual property rights.  Geoff Pagotto reports on the event followed up by John Holman with recordings from the next day at the GM-Freeze AGM at Friends' House in London. 

 www.percyschmeiser.com 

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Click on the bale to hear Percy Schmeiser's presentation at Kingston Maurward

(07/11/08)

Farm Radio hopes to be able to bring you a video recording of the Kingston Maurward event in due course.  In the meantime click here to go to a video recording of an interview with Percy Schmeiser by Geoff Pagotto.  This video was kindly supplied by Rob Whittaker

Beef and Growing Cattle South West, Part 4, Rupert Dod, Farmer

Beef and Growing Cattle South West is the Beef Event for South West producers and Geoff Pagotto brings seven stories to give you a flavour of the event.  (Click here for Part 1, Neil Parrish, MEP, for Part 2, Oliver Edwards, Part 3, Amy Croucher, Butcher)

 

We bump into another Exmoor farmer, Rupert Dod, who with his Exmoor Beef brand, has a pragmatic view on just what the future for Exmoor beef production can be - it's a refreshing commercially based but sensitive view that isn't rendered moribund by conservation grants and insistence on traditional breeds.

www.philipdennisfoodservice.co.uk

 

 

 

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(05/11/08)

Rob Buckley of the Dorset Centre for Rural Skills - Revisiting an old technology

Colleen Jackson of Farm Radio caught up with Rob Buckley on a rainy training day, demonstrating the art of lime rendering and talking about the technique of building with lime and hemp.

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(03/11/08)

www.dorsetruralskills.co.uk

Also go to "Special Features" ("Athelhampton House Special") to hear a previous item with Rob Buckley.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Wednesday, 12th November 2008

Wincanton Garden Centre, Bruton Road, Wincanton together with SSAFA (The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Families Association - Forces Help) present an illustrated talk by Charles Dowding, Author of “Salad Leaves for all Seasons” and “Organic Gardening – The Natural No-Dig Way.”

 

The Talk is from 6.30pm to 7.30 pm. Charles will be happy to answers any questions afterwards and sign copies of his books. Ticket Price for the Talk is £4.50.  Proceeds go to SSAFA Headley Court Fund.  The Garden Centre will be open beforehand for you to browse and shop.  Buffet supper available at The Gardener's Retreat Restaurant in the Garden Centre from 7.30pm onwards at a cost of £6.95.  Book at The Wincanton Garden Centre, Telephone 01963 33134.  (booking is advisable as numbers are limited)

Janet and Edward East of Yellingham Farm

(The fourth in a series featuring food producers of the Blackdown Hills and surrounding area)

Place the talent of a hard working retired school chef and add an equal amount of farming skill into a small farm setting and as Geoff Pagotto found you get a winning combination of hospitality, great food and just plain good old fashioned commonsense.

www.yellinghamfarm.co.uk

First time farmer Janet East takes us around the farm first and explains how her system works so well . . .

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(27/10/08)

. . . and then retired chef husband Edward take us through the home truths of local produce and how they are introducing primary school children to the enjoyment of tasty food, including game.

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(27/10/08)

Previous items in this series:   "Tracey Mill Trout Farm - Free Range Trout?!", "Carol Farley of Gaddon Springs Farm", "Ruth Strange of Beech Hayes Farm"

Eat Dorset Food Fair

Serious foodies and families flocked to the fourth Eat Dorset Food Fair in the grounds of Parnham House, Beaminster.  The event included a schools cookery competition, hosted by top chef Lesley Waters.  And Pete Wilcox, who was interviewed by Farm Radio's Margery Hookings, will be a happy man because his grand daughter, Lizzie Blake, went on to win the contest.

www.wyldmeadowfarm.co.uk

www.eggardonhillnaturalfoods.co.uk

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(27/10/08)

The Dairy Show, Part 3, Paddy Gordan and Peter Edmundson, Vets

(Click here for Part 1, Will Sanderson of Milklink, Part 2, Duncan Forbes of Kingshay)

An almost constant stream of advice is directed to dairy farmers who should they listen to and where is the money best spent, Geoff Pagotto speaks to Paddy Gordan and Peter Edmundson from the Shepton veterinary Group.

www.sheptonvet.com

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(24/10/08)

Caroline Woolley presents "Farm Radio Roundup 2007"

This is a compendium of items that appeared on Farm Radio during the course of 2007, edited by Ali Grant.  This piece was highly commended by the EDF Energy London and South of England Awards on October 23rd. 2008


Sturts Farm - Edition 36 - Dorset page
Fishing Lakes - Edition 35 - Dorset page
Willow Growing - Edition 39 - Somerset page
Future Farming Voices - Link is on the Home Page
5 Seasons - Edition 35 - Dorset page
Portraits of Wessex - Special Features Page
Denise Bell - Edition 36 - Dorset page
Harold and Hazel Braddick - Edition 36 - Somerset page
White Lake cheeses - Edition 39 - Somerset page
Fivepenny Farm - Edition 39 - Dorset page
Pick Your Own Fruit Farm - Edition 39 - Somerset page
Hoof Trimming - Edition 36 - Main page
Ernie Amey - Edition 35 - Dorset page

To hear the full-length versions simply click on the individual items

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(24/10/08)

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Beef and Growing Cattle South West, Part 3, Amy Croucher, butcher

Beef and Growing Cattle South West is the Beef Event for South West producers and Geoff Pagotto brings seven stories to give you a flavour of the event.  (Click here for Part 1, Neil Parrish, MEP, for Part 2, Oliver Edwards)

Amy Croucher from Complete Meats in Chard Somerset was one of only two female butchers in a field of 15 competing for the accolade of South West Butcher of the Year - she didn't win, but at just 20 years old Geoff Pagotto gets the feeling it's only a matter of time before Amy makes her mark.

www.completemeats.co.uk

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(21/10/08)

The Dairy Show, Part 2, Duncan Forbes of Kingshay

(To go to Dairy Show, Part 1, Will Sanderson of Milklink, Click here.)

We've heard about a milk price boost and plans for future processing developments, but how much do on farm costs counter the price rises and will there be enough farmers to supply the new processing facilities, Geoff tackles Duncan Forbes from Kingshay on these issues.

www.kingshay.com

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(21/10/08)

Broadwindsor Harvest Supper

"Broadwindsor's Got Talent" was the title of the entertainment at this year's Broadwindsor Harvest Supper.  Farm Radio's Margery Hookings shared the backstage nerves of others as she steeled herself to read some of her grandfather's poems.  Also on stage was pensioner Marjorie Pipe and a poem about her knickers went down a storm!  The event in the Comrades' Hall was attended by around 120 people, who sat down to a hearty supper followed by home-grown entertainment.

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(20/10/08)

Listen to Margery's grandfather's poetry here on Farm Radio:  

"The Mendip Hills",  "Memories", "Farewell to Pottery Farm", "The Things I Love", "Yet Another Spring Song"

 

Beef and Growing Cattle South West, Part 2, Oliver Edwards

Beef and Growing Cattle South West is the Beef Event for South West producers and Geoff Pagotto brings seven stories to give you a flavour of the event.

Exmoor beef and sheep farmer Oliver Edwards was Somerset NFU chairman when FMD hit the county in 2001, but he's concerned that the EU's move to enforce compulsory Electronic Identification (EID) for sheep across the Union would be counterproductive and serve no useful disease prevention.

(For Part 1, Neil Parrish, MEP, click here)

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(17/10/08)

Ruth Strange of Beech Hayes Farm

(The third in a series featuring food producers of the Blackdown Hills and surrounding area)

Whilst not wishing to take anything away from the sterling work done by producers and others in the Bridport area to achieve their Beacon status, we believe that it is important for people to realise that it is possible to replicate the "Bridport effect" elsewhere as "local" will increasingly be the watchword.  So this, the third of our series featuring food producers, visits Ruth Strange who wanted to farm ever since a family farm holiday when she was 14 years old. Many years later with husband Nick, neither from farming stock, have achieved that early dream, it's not been without a struggle as Geoff Pagotto found out.

www.blackdownhillsfoods.co.uk                  e-mail

Tel: 01823 601565

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(16/10/08)

Previous items in this series:   "Tracey Mill Trout Farm - Free Range Trout?!", "Carol Farley of Gaddon Springs Farm"

 

Poem by William Percy Withers - "Farewell to Pottery Farm"

           

Somerset folk singer George Withers - the uncle of Farm Radio's Margery Hookings, reads "Memories", a poem by his late father William Percy Withers, 1894-1970. Percy fought with the North Somerset Yeomanry in World War I where he saw service in the Somme and lost many dear friends and comrades.  When the war ended, Percy took up a farm tenancy in Barton St. David, Somerset, before moving to farm at Donyatt, near Ilminster, in 1920.

 

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(16/10/08)

Further poems from William Percy Withers:  

"The Mendip Hills",  "Memories", "The Things I Love", "Yet Another Spring Song"

 

The Dairy Show, Part 1, Will Sanderson of Milklink

Kicking off our series of Dairy Show reports from Shepton Mallet is Will Sanderson from Milk Link. Along with the good news of a milk price increase and another processing "dividend" later this year, Will explains to Geoff Pagotto how the company is investing in an Innovation Centre that may help offset some of the incredible £1Billion UK dairy product deficit.

www.milklink.co.uk

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(16/10/08)

GM-Free Somerset Beacon

Following up our report on the GM-Free Dorset Beacon Event, I met up with the GM-Free Somerset spokesperson, Biddy Garstang, to find out how their event went . . .

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(15/10/08)

To listen to the report on the GM-Free Dorset Beacon click here.

Date for the diary - Percy Schmeiser at Kingston Maurwood, Tuesday 28th. October, 7pm.

Whether you consider yourself pro or anti or have yet to make up your mind, this will be a unique opportunity to hear from Percy, a Canadian farmer who has a particular and personal tale to tell about a consequence of the introduction of GM crops.

Farm Radio is planning to bring you a report of this event for those who can't make it.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Fuel, Feed, Fertiliser – Your Costs – What You Can Do?

 The Royal Bath & West of England Society are launching their new season of free talks and discussions on current topics of interest, to offer help and advice to farmers and all those involved in the rural community.  The evening is kindly sponsored by Old Mill Accountants and Financial Advisors and Clydesdale Bank plc.   

The first talk is entitled ‘Fuel, Feed, Fertiliser – Your Costs…What You Can Do?’ and it will be held at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet on Tuesday 21st October at 7.30 pm.   There will be a hot supper for everyone afterwards.   

The evening will be chaired by Allen Cotton and the speakers will be:- 

Fuel – Mark Griffiths, Chartered Surveyor at Dreweatt Neate and a member of the RICS Countryside Policy Panel where he leads on energy. 

Feed – Wyn Morris, Business Manager for Tremaines (a division of BOCM PAULS) and was the National Technical Manager for BOCM PAULS. 

Fertiliser – John Morgan, Creedy Associates, and is an established independent Farm Management Advisor having worked as a senior consultant for Genus Management (now Promar) and ADAS.

There will be a question and answer session.  All are welcome - in the current economic climate why not come along and find out how to get the best value for your farm.

The talks are free of charge, but do let us know you are coming and reserve your place by ringing Alison on 01749 822243.

15/10/08 

 

Mark and Emily Hammick at the Gaggle of Geese

For pub owners Mark and Emily Hammick, catering and farming go hand in hand. The new owners of the Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton both have backgrounds in agriculture, and it’s their passion for local produce that’s driving them to turn the Gaggle into far more than an ordinary pub. As owners of the European in nearby Piddletrenthide as well, they’ve certainly got their work cut out – but as Ali Grant found out – they certainly have the drive and the passion to make it work.

You can visit Mark and Emily at:

The Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorchester. Tel. 01300 345249

e-mail                       www.european-inn.co.uk

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(13/10/08)

Beef and Growing Cattle South West, Part 1, Neil Parrish, MEP

Beef and Growing Cattle South West is the Beef Event for South West producers and Geoff Pagotto brings seven stories to give you a flavour of the event.

First up is MEP Neil Parrish, who is delicately grinding his axe with EC Commissioners to give hard pressed UK livestock farmers some hope of a legal battle to help combat Bovine TB. He explains his tactics to Geoff Pagotto . . .

Neil Parrish's European Parliament web page

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(10/10/08)

Carol Farley of Gaddon Springs Farm

(The second in a series featuring the food producers of the Blackdown Hills and surrounding area)

Whilst not wishing to take anything away from the sterling work done by producers and others in the Bridport area to achieve their Beacon status, we believe that it is important for people to realise that it is possible to replicate the "Bridport effect" elsewhere as "local" will increasingly be the watchword.  So, continuing our Blackdown Hill food series Geoff Pagotto meets the inspirational Carol Farley of Gaddon Springs Farm who sells organic vegetables through Farmers' markets, a box scheme and local retailers. After the wet summer in Britain and drought in Spain, this winter could be a testing one for consumers, but one that could change the way we eat for the better, Carol believes.

www.culmvalleyveg.co.uk

[email protected]

tel: 01884 841800

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(09/10/08)

Click here for "Tracey Mill Trout Farm - Free Range Trout?!", the first of our series highlighting producers of the Blackdown Hill and surrounding area.

The Oak Fair at Stock Gaylard

Farm Radio correspondent, Joss Vining, visited the fourth annual Oak Fair to bring us this report

www.stockgaylard.com

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(08/10/08)

GM-Free Dorset Beacon

John Holman went to see what was going on at this event back on the 20th September.

 

 

 

 

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(07/10/08)

Links for more information

Food for Life Partnership:   www.foodforlife.org.uk

For more information about Percy Schmeiser's tour, "What would GM crops mean for British Farmers?", see www.gmfreecymru.org

To visit Percy Schmeiser's website:   www.percyschmeiser.com

To download a flyer regarding the tour click here

Date for the diary - Percy Schmeiser at Kingston Maurwood, Tuesday 28th. October, 7pm

Farm Radio is planning to bring you a report of this event for those who can't make it.

GM-Free Dorset Beacon - Anna Lewington's opening speech

This is the entire speech made by Anna Lewington at the GM-Free Dorset Beacon on September 20th., 2008

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(07/10/08)

 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT

THE BIG BREW UP -  AN ANNUAL EVENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR SSAFA (THE SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND FAMILIES ASSOCIATION - FORCES HELP).
 
AN INVITATION TO JOIN IN A GLOBAL TEA PARTY - COME TO TEA ON TUESDAY 7th OCTOBER  ANYTIME FROM 10AM TO 4PM.
 
AT THE STABLES BAR, HOLBROOK HOUSE HOTEL, WINCANTON.
 
LEARN ALL ABOUT TEA AND TAKE PART IN A TRADITIONAL TEA TASTING BY TEA EXPERT AND CHIEF TASTER FROM D J MILES, TEA AND COFFEE MERCHANTS. THIS STARTS AT 12.15PM.
 
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU FOR A CUP OF TEA. BRING A FRIEND ALONG FOR A FUN EVENT AND SUPPORT SSAFA WHO HELP PEOPLE CURRENTLY SERVING IN OUR ARMED FORCE, EX-SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN, AND THEIR FAMILIES.

www.ssafa.org.uk
 

David Thomas from McDonalds

No matter what you might think of the "Big Mac" burger it's got a colossal customer base and with 16,000 British farmers suppling McDonalds they are pretty important to UK agriculture. Geoff Pagotto caught up with their Agricultural Assurance Manager David Thomas on a rare visit to the West Country from his London office and found out what makes McDonalds stand apart from the other big buyer of UK farm products, the supermarkets.

www.mcdonalds.co.uk

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(01/10/08)

"Farmers' Harvest" - a specially brewed Sheppeys' Cider for the NFU Centenary

Master cider maker David Sheppy's skill has been bottled to celebrate the NFU's Centenary in a special blend that is the first cider to carry the RedTractor logo. Geoff Pagotto walked through David's orchards at Bradford on Tone to find out more and hear if the NFU centenary celebration brand 'Farmers Harvest' has further to go from NFU national financial director Ken Sutherland.

Sheppy's Cider Limited, Three Bridges, Bradford-on-Tone, Somerset TA4 1ER.

www.sheppyscider.com

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(01/10/08)