Tag Archives: food growers

Congratultaions to all at the Edible Garden Show

Well done to all involved in this wonderfully inspirational show, @EdibleGardenSho 

Looking forward to seeing more pics.

If you are wondering what the show was about, view the organisers official video

 (credit Edible Garden Show)

For more details and info on next years show, see their official website

It’s British Food Fortnight!

Celebrate the best of British Food and Produce – here are some top tips to help you discover the diverse and delicious range! Click here

Here at Agratech Towers, we were well impressed with the Tomato and Sweetcorn soup, made with goodies from our Abel & Cole box!!! We adapted this recipe by using corn from three cobs(boiled) and five large British tomatoes chopped, added teaspoon of sugar, and a smidgen more tomato puree!!! Yummy

Courtesy of Love British Food

Produce more using less, farmers told

DEFRA Secretary Hilary Benn has unveiled a Government blueprint for food policy that will present significant opportunities and challenges for farmers over the next two decades.

Launching the Government’s long-awaited ‘Food 2030’ strategy at the Oxford Farming Conference this morning (Tuesday, January 5), Mr Benn said things can no longer carry on as they are.

The way food is produced, consumed and disposed of will all have to change over the next 20 years in response to a future in which climate change, global demand for food and competition for natural resources all become increasingly important.

Hilary Benn

 Read the full report in Farmers Guardian here

Open Farm Sunday 2009

 

Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday

This years Open Farm Sunday  event will take place on 7th June.

Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old to enjoy the living, vibrant countryside. Take time to listen to the birds, soak up the scenery, experience the smells of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us. Discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and taste the produce.

Each event will be unique with its own activities – based around the host farm’s own individual story. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor & trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for kids, mini farmers market or picnics.

If  you would like to visit a farm, find the listings here.

If you are a farmer who would like to get involved, there are several Open Farm Sunday Workshops running, which will tell you more about organsing your event! see here for more

Agricultural Jobs given French Polish!

  The French farming industry has launched a TV advertising campaign in order to attract people into agriculture.

FNSEA, the NFU’s counterpart in France, has come out with a series of very short television adverts to promote the industry.

The strapline, which translates to ‘farming jobs are in fashion’, aims to highlight that jobs in farming are diverse and that there are opportunities for people of all age groups.

The adverts feature a sheep with a mohican haircut and a cow with a ghetto blaster wearing sunglasses!

Source: Farmers Weekly Interactive

Farming Without Fossil Fuel

 The Final Programme of the current BBC Natural World series,  ‘A Farm for the Future’ airs tonight

 In what’s promising to be a fascinating look into the future of farming, wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the futFarming Without Fossil Fuelsure, and discovers that nature holds the key.

With her father close to retirement, she returned to her family farm in Devon, but last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca, with many of her neighbours going bankrupt due to the price hike in everything from tractor diesel, contractors bills, animal feed and fertiliser.

 Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is, and explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel.

The show is aired tonight, 20 Feb 2009 at 20:00 BBC Two (except Wales, Wales (Analogue))   And again 22 Feb 2009 at 17:00 17:00   BBC Two (Wales, Wales (Analogue) only)

See also, the  new study by Chatham House “Food Supply in the 21st Century: The New Dynamic”