What is naked barley? Why should we grow and eat more?

What is naked barley? Why should we grow and eat more?

by Nick Saltmarsh August 16, 2023

Naked barley is best for food use but modern barley is mostly covered or hulled. 8,000 years ago barley mutated and lost its ability to tightly stick the husk to the grain. Naked barley grain freely sheds its husks when harvested and can be eaten as a wholegrain without processing, with its full flavour and nutrition.

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Soy No More: Breaking the UK's dependence on imported soy

Soy No More: Breaking the UK's dependence on imported soy

by Josiah Meldrum July 19, 2023

At the same time as forming a trading relationship with the Kayapo, helping them protect the forest by buying Brazil nuts, we've been working with Sustain, Feedback, the LWA and Pasture for Life, to produce a report, Soy No More: Breaking away from soy in UK pig and poultry farming. Soy No More offers three scenarios that would see UK farming significantly reduce its reliance on imported soy and consequently relieve pressure on threatened tropical forests.

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Harvest 2022

Harvest 2022

by Josiah Meldrum August 22, 2022

Incredibly, pretty much all the 2022 crops have been harvested by mid August. In the south of England chia, quinoa and trial-plot beans remain in the field, while in the north and in Scotland there are still cereals and fava beans to come - but they’re not far off and it’s all quite extraordinary. Though we suspect it may become increasingly ordinary over coming years.

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Have we been doing it all wrong? Diversity for resilience

Have we been doing it all wrong? Diversity for resilience

by Josiah Meldrum August 07, 2022

Diverse systems are more productive and they’re almost always more resilient because complex systems have ‘redundancy’ - something might fail but there’s something else to fill the gap.

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Beyond COP26: driving change through beans and more

Beyond COP26: driving change through beans and more

by Nick Saltmarsh November 20, 2021 1 Comment

As COP26 closed without the strong and binding commitments we urgently need, we have to maintain pressure on our leaders and to drive change through our actions as individuals and members of communities and organisations. This is what we’ve aimed to do through Hodmedod.

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Here come the carlin peas

Here come the carlin peas

by Josiah Meldrum August 26, 2021

This August has seen amazing work in the face of adversity at Green Acres Farm in Shropshire, bringing in an incredibly precious crop of organic carlin peas.

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What are fava beans? Aren't they just broad beans?

What are fava beans? Aren't they just broad beans?

by Nick Saltmarsh August 19, 2021 1 Comment

Fava beans are very close to our hearts at Hodmedod, which we founded in 2012 with the simple aim of getting British-grown fava beans back into British kitchens. Still we're frequently asked, "What are fava beans?", "Aren't they just broad beans?"

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Naked oats are a disruptive technology

Naked oats are a disruptive technology

by Josiah Meldrum August 08, 2021

Whole naked oats make such a good alternative to brown rice. In fact, they’re better. Creamy and nutty, they work brilliantly in salads or in place of rice with stews, curries and more. But Naked oats are not just delicious - naked oats are a disruptive technology. (Take that tech start-ups!)

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To the End of the Ley Line

To the End of the Ley Line

by Nick Saltmarsh July 22, 2021

In late June, Josiah and Nick took a brief (but long) road trip to visit friends, growers and customers in the far South West of England, taking a few photos along the way..

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Sheaf

Sheaf

by Josiah Meldrum June 30, 2021

At our Autumn 2019 farmer meeting we resolved to find new ways to communicate the changes that are happening on farms across the UK. Working with the Dark Mountain Project we sent three writers to three farms with no brief other than to reflect on what they found. This summer their work has been published in a beautifully illustrated short book called Sheaf.

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Norfolk Chickpeas in a Changing Climate

Norfolk Chickpeas in a Changing Climate

by Josiah Meldrum June 09, 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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A Grain Community

A Grain Community

by Kimberley Bell June 04, 2021

Kimberley Bell of Small Food Bakery reflects on four years of YQ grown for the bakery and the people-centred systems that have emerged and continue to emerge, around it.

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