There is No Silver Bullet

There is No Silver Bullet

by Josiah Meldrum October 11, 2020

This evening, along with Henry our chickpea grower, we’ll be featured on BBC Countryfile. It’s a harvest episode and the section we’re in sees Adam reflecting on a poor oil seed rape (OSR) harvest then traveling out to find alternatives.⁣ Who knows quite how it’ll come out in the edit, but our aim was to explain that there is no alternative. No single crop that can be dropped into a rotation to solve the problems that come with a reductive, commodity focused system of supply.

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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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First British lentil harvest underway

First British lentil harvest underway

by Josiah Meldrum August 31, 2017 1 Comment

After three years of research and crop trials we started harvesting the first commercial crop of British-grown lentils at the end of August. Over the next few weeks six farms in Suffolk, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Hertfordshire and Sussex will harvest a range of organic and non-organic lentils.

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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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