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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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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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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Wimpole Home Farm - progressive farming on an historic estate

Wimpole Home Farm - progressive farming on an historic estate

by Callum Weir July 28, 2020 1 Comment

The National Trust began converting its Home Farm at Wimpole Hall to organic production methods in 2009. Farm Manager Callum Weir explains how this aligns with Wimpole's long history - and sustainable future. The Home Farm at Wimpole grows rye, naked barley, carlin and blue peas for us.

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Changing climate, challenging weather

Changing climate, challenging weather

by William Hudson April 14, 2020

The 2019/20 winter must have been one one the most challenging UK farming has had to endure for many years. We've recently had the wettest period of weather on record with particularly severe flooding affecting the North and West. But even in the South East farmers have not been able to get on the land as it's been so wet. 

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Food for Thought: an essential earful, a knead to read & more

Food for Thought: an essential earful, a knead to read & more

by Nick Saltmarsh December 16, 2019

If you haven't caught up with them yet you really mustn't miss the new Cereal podcast series from Farmerama Radio and Wendell Steavenson's Guardian long read Flour Power. Pus more food for thought we've digested recently.

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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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