A Grain Community

A Grain Community

by Josiah Meldrum June 04, 2021

This photo from July 2017 marks an ending and a beginning. The end of a long search for bakers willing to work with the population wheats developed by Martin Wolfe. The start of a new phase that has seen YQ widely grown and used, alongside a blossoming of alternative grain systems in the UK. 

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Norfolk Chickpeas in a Changing Climate

Norfolk Chickpeas in a Changing Climate

by Josiah Meldrum May 26, 2021

Last year (field scale chickpea production year 2) was a real struggle: drought through much of the season, intense heat in late May, then extraordinary rainfall in August. This year (chickpea year 3) hasn’t started much better to be honest: a cold start and prolonged wet conditions are not what chickpeas like.

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Organic Marrowfat Peas at Little Bytham

Organic Marrowfat Peas at Little Bytham

by Josiah Meldrum May 10, 2021

The new 2021 crop of organic marrowfat peas are coming through beautifully at The Grange, farmed by Guy and John Turner of Turners of Bytham. The cool wet weather in early May hasn’t provided the easiest start to the year for peas, but the marrowfats are looking excellent.

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Hwyl fawr a phob lwc William!

Hwyl fawr a phob lwc William!

by Josiah Meldrum April 30, 2021

We bid goodbye and good luck to William Hudson, one of Hodmedod’s three founders, who's off to Wales to join a farm business on the Gower.

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A View from the Bean Store: Joe

A View from the Bean Store: Joe

by Joe Gaze April 27, 2021

Joe Gaze joined Hodmedod as our first employee when we moved into the original Bean Store in Halesworth in 2015. He's now Operations Manager and responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and our team of sixteen.

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Pasta meets Pulses

Pasta meets Pulses

by Nick Saltmarsh April 01, 2021

We’ve sold a range of Pastificio Carleschi's superb pasta for almost a year now, but absolutely delighted to add our brand new Emmer & Fava Bean Sedani, the result of a collaborative project with Giovanni Carleschi.

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Feeding the World

Feeding the World

by Josiah Meldrum March 29, 2021 1 Comment

Farmers are under huge pressure; growing food isn’t easy and comes with many risks and uncertainties. When we ask farmers to consider agroecological approaches to production they’ll often say, ‘But what about my responsibility to feed the world?’⁣ It’s a false premise.⁣

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The New Farmer's Almanac, Vol V

The New Farmer's Almanac, Vol V

by Josiah Meldrum March 28, 2021 1 Comment

US organisation 
Greenhorns
 publishes a journal called The New Farmer’s Almanac biennially. It really is packed full of wonderful writing and illustration about the culture and practice of farming and living on the land. 

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Flour by Horsepower

Flour by Horsepower

by Josiah Meldrum March 22, 2021

Earlier this year we had a call from incomparable Devon farmer and horseman Jonathan Waterer. He was coming to Suffolk to look at a new horse-drawn seed drill, did we want him to deliver some flour? We did.⁣

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East Anglian Agroforestry Open Farm Weekend (1st & 2nd May)

East Anglian Agroforestry Open Farm Weekend (1st & 2nd May)

by Josiah Meldrum March 19, 2021 1 Comment

We know there are no quick fixes, no simple solutions, no one-size-fits all answers to the complex, existential challenges facing us. But agroforestry, a system of farming that combines agriculture with trees, is as close to a perfect answer as we've seen. And now you can see too!

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A view from the Bean Store: Ashia

A view from the Bean Store: Ashia

by Josiah Meldrum March 19, 2021 3 Comments

Ashia Trevor-Massey started working at the Bean Store at the end of last year, here she reflects on why she chose to work for Hodmedod and what she likes about our shared vision for change.

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A Food Revolution Starts With Seed

A Food Revolution Starts With Seed

by Josiah Meldrum January 18, 2021

Access to seed, to the varieties we know should be being grown - because they taste great, have fantastic nutritional properties or are well suited to specific climates or geographies - is often incredibly difficult. ⁣One way or another that has to change.

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