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Farm Notes, June 2019

Farm Notes, June 2019

by William Hudson June 28, 2019

As usual this year's weather is proving utterly different from last year, when the Beast From The East severely delayed planting of spring crops, resulting in reduced yields and some quality. 

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Reasons to be Chia-ful

Reasons to be Chia-ful

by Nick Saltmarsh August 17, 2018

Pioneering farmers Peter and Andrew Fairs, of Great Tey in Essex, have successfully grown the first ever crop of British chia. These tiny oil-rich seeds represent another step in Hodmedod's mission to increase the diversity of both British farming and British diets.

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Martin Wolfe's Pursuit of Diversity in Farming

Martin Wolfe's Pursuit of Diversity in Farming

by Nick Saltmarsh January 14, 2018 1 Comment

It's wonderful to see Professor Martin Wolfe's pioneering work on agroforestry reported in the The Guardian & reaching a wider audience. Martin is a long-time friend and mentor to Hodmedod, and grows naked barley, lentils, wheat and more for us. His whole farm system approach and drive for diversity at every level are an inspiration to us

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Soils and Pulses, a Symbiosis for Life

Soils and Pulses, a Symbiosis for Life

by Nick Saltmarsh December 05, 2016

Every year on 5th December, World Soil Day celebrates the importance of soil in the natural world and in sustaining human wellbeing. In 2016, the UN International Year of Pulses, the day's theme is the relationship between soil and pulses. Pulses depend on soil to grow but also contribute to the health and vitality of soil, helping it to sustain life.

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Naked Barley arrives at the Bean Store (at last!)

Naked Barley arrives at the Bean Store (at last!)

by Josiah Meldrum July 30, 2016 1 Comment

After a global search for seed, a couple of years of trials (and several months working out how to flake and mill it) we’ve finally welcomed organic naked barley into the Bean Store.

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Pioneering British Quinoa - a Look Back at our 2014 Launch

Pioneering British Quinoa - a Look Back at our 2014 Launch

by Nick Saltmarsh March 11, 2016

We've been privileged to work with Essex quinoa pioneer Peter Fairs over the last few years to develop supply of some of the very first British-grown Quinoa. As drilling of this year's crop approaches we've been getting nostalgic re-reading this article by journalist Craig McLean on the launch of our first trial batch in 2014.

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Ancient Pulses: Were Fava Beans the First Farmed Crop?

Ancient Pulses: Were Fava Beans the First Farmed Crop?

by Nick Saltmarsh December 16, 2015 2 Comments

Israeli archaeologists claim to have dug up the world's oldest fava beans, suggesting that beans may have been the very first farmed crop. Does this mean the paleo diet is old hat and neo(lithic) eating the new thing?

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Suffolk's first organic lentils

by Josiah Meldrum July 03, 2015 6 Comments

Four or five years ago, when Nick, William and I were all working for East Anglia Food Link and developing the Norwich Resilient Food Project with Transition City Norwich, we talked a lot about lentils. We were thinking about what a more sustainable diet might look like for the city of Norwich; what would people eat if they were more reliant on local production? How would farming have to change? It seemed to us that lentils could be part of the answer.

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Beautiful Cicerchia Flowers (Lathyrus sativus)

by Josiah Meldrum June 16, 2015

Last autumn Christine Smallwood, good friend of Hodmedod and a writer with a passion for Italian food, sent me a small packet of Cicerchia (Lathyrus sativus also called 'grass pea') to try cooking with. 

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A Field of Naked Barley

A Field of Naked Barley

by Josiah Meldrum June 05, 2015 1 Comment

We're very excited to be working with East Anglia Food Link and a small group of farmers to revive British production of naked barley, a remarkable crop. We hope to have small quantities for milling and for sale as a whole grain this autumn. We now offer a range of naked barley products - wholegrain, flakes and fermented.

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