Bread of Heaven | Casting back 10 years

Bread of Heaven | Casting back 10 years

by Josiah Meldrum November 02, 2019

A little over 10 years ago Nick, William and I began working with Transition City Norwich on the Resilient Food Project, a community initiative that asked whether the city could feed itself in a low impact, low input way from the fields around its walls and that was the catalyst for Hodmedod. One of the many things we needed to get to grips with was grain, flour and bread (we're still on that journey). Here Charlotte Du Cann, writing in 2009, records one of our early explorations into fields and bakeries.

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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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Martin Wolfe, a pioneer of diversity in farming

Martin Wolfe, a pioneer of diversity in farming

by Josiah Meldrum March 17, 2019 2 Comments

Professor Martin Wolfe was a great friend and mentor to us. A true pioneer, Martin pursued his research into agroforestry, co-cropping, crop populations, new crop trials and more at his Suffolk farm Wakelyns. Believing that sustainability depended not just on a whole farm approach but on radical change to the whole food system, he shared his expertise widely and generously. Martin died peacefully at home earlier this month. He leaves a lasting legacy of work, not least his YQ wheat population, and his memory will remain a guiding inspiration to us.

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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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In Memoriam Colin Leakey, 1933-2018 - a True Bean Pioneer

In Memoriam Colin Leakey, 1933-2018 - a True Bean Pioneer

by Nick Saltmarsh February 19, 2018 1 Comment

Professor Colin Leakey was a true pioneer of beans and other food crops. This article, The Nine Lives of Colin Leakey, was first published in Pulse magazine in 2017 and surveys the many aspects of his extraordinary life.

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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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We're BBC Food & Farming Awards finalists!

We're BBC Food & Farming Awards finalists!

by Nick Saltmarsh March 19, 2017 3 Comments

We’re over the moon to be one of three finalists for the Best Producer category of the 2017 BBC Food and Farming Awards. It’s a testament to the many wonderful farmers and producers we work with – and to the potential of British farming to produce an ever wider variety of foods.

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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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Pulses on Air - The Food Programme celebrates the International Year of Pulses

Pulses on Air - The Food Programme celebrates the International Year of Pulses

by Nick Saltmarsh July 29, 2016 1 Comment

BBC Radio 4's Food Programme investigates pulses from Britain and further afield to mark the UN International Year of Pulses. Hodmedod's Nick Saltmarsh joined Sheila Dillon, Jenny Chandler and Sanjay Kumar in discussion at the BBC's Bristol studios.

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Great Taste awards for Hodmedod's British Quinoa, Carlin Peas and Yellow Pea Flour

Great Taste awards for Hodmedod's British Quinoa, Carlin Peas and Yellow Pea Flour

by Nick Saltmarsh July 28, 2016

Three of Hodmedod's British-grown pulse and grain products are among the 2016 Great Taste awards winners! We're delighted that the quality and taste of our Yellow Pea Flour, canned Carlin Peas and British Quinoa have been recognised in these acclaimed awards, widely considered as the benchmark for fine food and drink in the UK.

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Gluten-free Flours with British Provenance

Gluten-free Flours with British Provenance

by Polly Robinson May 13, 2016

If you are following a gluten-free diet it's not always easy to buy British ingredients with clear provenance. Hodmedod has now launched a range of gluten-free flours, all milled in Essex from pulses and quinoa grown on British farms.

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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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