Pasta meets Pulses

Pasta meets Pulses

by Nick Saltmarsh April 01, 2021

We’ve sold a range of Pastificio Carleschi's superb pasta for almost a year now, but absolutely delighted to add our brand new Emmer & Fava Bean Sedani, the result of a collaborative project with Giovanni Carleschi.

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Feeding the World

Feeding the World

by Josiah Meldrum March 29, 2021 1 Comment

Farmers are under huge pressure; growing food isn’t easy and comes with many risks and uncertainties. When we ask farmers to consider agroecological approaches to production they’ll often say, ‘But what about my responsibility to feed the world?’⁣ It’s a false premise.⁣

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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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A view from the Bean Store: Ashia

A view from the Bean Store: Ashia

by Josiah Meldrum March 19, 2021 3 Comments

Ashia Trevor-Massey started working at the Bean Store at the end of last year, here she reflects on why she chose to work for Hodmedod and what she likes about our shared vision for change.

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A Food Revolution Starts With Seed

A Food Revolution Starts With Seed

by Josiah Meldrum January 18, 2021

Access to seed, to the varieties we know should be being grown - because they taste great, have fantastic nutritional properties or are well suited to specific climates or geographies - is often incredibly difficult. ⁣One way or another that has to change.

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Morsels: Seed Saving, Climate Costs, Ingredients of the Year, Roman Snacks, Farming Places

Morsels: Seed Saving, Climate Costs, Ingredients of the Year, Roman Snacks, Farming Places

by Nick Saltmarsh January 06, 2021

Food for thought we've been chewing on.

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Looking Forward

Looking Forward

by Josiah Meldrum January 01, 2021 1 Comment

2020 was a difficult year in many ways and for many people. At the Bean Store we struggled with long hours, uncertainty and anxiety. But we were also incredibly lucky. We continued to trade and had our health where others were less fortunate, and we had time to reflect, re-group and make new plans. We’re really looking forward to 2021.

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Trees at the Bean Store

Trees at the Bean Store

by Josiah Meldrum December 05, 2020

This National Tree Week a wood was planted at the back of the Bean Store. We believe there should be more space for trees on farms - in the form of woods and also more formal agroforestry systems. But also (especially) scrubby ‘untidy’ areas.

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Morsels: Botanical Diversity, Local Food, Soil Superpowers, Food Revolution, Scale & Ethics, Living Wages

Morsels: Botanical Diversity, Local Food, Soil Superpowers, Food Revolution, Scale & Ethics, Living Wages

by Nick Saltmarsh November 27, 2020

A few things we've been reading.

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Bundles & Boxes

Bundles & Boxes

by Josiah Meldrum November 27, 2020

There is no better gift than pulses, grains and seeds (right?!), so we’ve put together some bundles and boxes of products from across our range.

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