142 episodes

Farmerama Radio is an award-winning podcast sharing the voices behind regenerative farming.

We are committed to positive ecological futures for the earth and its people, and we believe that farmers of the world will determine this.

Each month, we share the experiences of grass roots farmers instigating radical change for the future of our food, our health, and the planet. Tune in to hear how these producers are discovering a more ecological farming future and to learn how their decisions can have a positive impact on us all. This is regenerative farming in action.

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    • 4.9 • 110 Ratings

Farmerama Radio is an award-winning podcast sharing the voices behind regenerative farming.

We are committed to positive ecological futures for the earth and its people, and we believe that farmers of the world will determine this.

Each month, we share the experiences of grass roots farmers instigating radical change for the future of our food, our health, and the planet. Tune in to hear how these producers are discovering a more ecological farming future and to learn how their decisions can have a positive impact on us all. This is regenerative farming in action.

    Cultivating Justice: episode 1

    Cultivating Justice: episode 1

    Welcome to Cultivating Justice! Our 6-part series in collaboration with Land In Our Names (LION) and Out on the Land (OOTL, part of The Landworker’s Alliance) which weaves together interviews, conversations, music and reflections from Black people, people of colour, trans people, queer people and women, on their relationships with land, growing, and identity.

    Episode 1 is hosted by OOTL’s Hester Russell and LION’s Sam Siva. Woven throughout we are taken to the fields, pots and allotments of a chorus of land-based practitioners. We are treated to a sound piece ‘Eating your castings’ by Jas Butt and Hari Byles, made up of sounds that were recorded inside a wormery and a compost heap in an urban nature reserve in East London.
    We hear from Paula Gioia about the organising work happening in Europe on issues relevant to LGBTQIA+ landworkers, as well as the roots of European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC)’s gender and sexuality articulation, and their Embracing Rural Diversity report.
    We drop in on a conversation between Sam Siva and Professor Corinne Fowler, recorded shortly after their keynote session at the ORFC22 on Land, Race and Empire. They discuss how systems of oppression are rooted in land ownership, issues around access to rural spaces for BPOC and people living in cities, and how to truly decolonise regenerative agriculture.

    The Cultivating Justice podcast series is made by Hester Russell, Abby Rose, Dora Taylor, Katie Revell, Nadia Mehdi and Sam Siva. This episode featured conversations with Paula Gioia and Corinne Fowler. Reflections from Sasha aka MindYourOwnPlants, Dani Foster, Dav Singh, Tinisha Williams, Nancy Winfield, Srikanth Narayanan and Philomena de Lima and music by Jas Butt – a.k.a. Guest and Hari Byles, as well as Bianca Wilson, a.k.a. Island Girl. Our series music is by Taha Hassan.
    Thank you to our funders, Farming the Future and the Roddick Foundation. And a big thank you to everyone who’s contributed in any way!

    Visit https://landworkersalliance.org.uk/cultivating-justice/ to find out more.

    • 51 min
    #75: ‘Biology first’ regen, Black British farmers and the miller-to-baker relationship

    #75: ‘Biology first’ regen, Black British farmers and the miller-to-baker relationship

    This month, our first stop is UK Grain Lab, a gathering in Nottingham of farmers, millers, bakers and scientists who are building a new grain system for the UK. We speak to baker Kate Hamblin and miller David Howell about their close working relationship
    Next, we head to Aotearoa New Zealand, and hear from Jake Clarke, the head farmer at Organic Market Garden - or OMG - a model farm set up by For the Love of Bees in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
    Finally, we share a preview from our upcoming series, Cultivating Justice. We've been working on the series in partnership with Land in Our Names and the Landworkers' Alliance's Out on the Land Group, with the first episode due to be launched next month. In this snippet, Abby speaks to Farmerama's own Dora Taylor about her Masters research on the experiences of Black farmers in the UK.

    • 23 min
    74: Foodshed, Agroecological coaching and the regenerative mindset

    74: Foodshed, Agroecological coaching and the regenerative mindset

    This month we hear from three practitioners about what it takes to transform minds and hearts. Firstly we hear from Bea Alvarez, Climate Resilience Projects & Outreach Coordinator at Carbon Sink Farms and Foodshed in San Diego County, California abouut how collaborations between multiple farmers and indigenous landholders have built a new vision for the food and farming system there. Clare Hill at FAI Farms tells us about her journey, moving towards a regenerative farming system and we hear from Nicole Masters about the CREATE program and what it takes to train people so they can coach others on a regenerative journey.

    We’re very grateful to those of you that support us and allow us to bring you these stories every month. Even the smallest contribution makes a big difference to us. If you'd like to become a supporter, visit patreon.com/Farmerama

    • 36 min
    73: Chilean natural cider, the Regen Platform and biodynamic whiskey

    73: Chilean natural cider, the Regen Platform and biodynamic whiskey

    This month we have voices on three continents. We begin talking to Juani Lisboa, part of a natural cider-making collective in Chile - Agricola sin Patrones - who are working to support more diverse rural ecosystems. Then our co-creator Abby Rose puts her Vidacycle hat on and talks to agroecologist Nicole Masters about a powerful new tool they worked on together - the Soilmentor Regen Platform - which uses the 10 Regen Indicators to help farmers learn from their in-field observations. And finally we hear from two people working closely with Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay. Richard Gantlett at Yatesbury House Farm supplies the distillery with biodynamic barley, and Christy MacFarlane works in their comms department. She shares about the distillery's work with growing landrace barley on the Hebridean Islands where they are based.

    Episode Links:
    Agricola sin Patrones
    https://www.instagram.com/agricola_sinpatrones/

    Nicole Masters x Vidacycle = the Soilmentor Regen Platform
    https://www.integritysoils.co.nz/
    https://soils.vidacycle.com/

    Richard Gantlett, Yatesbury House Farm
    https://yatesbury.wixsite.com/yatesbury
    Bruichladdich Distillery
    https://www.bruichladdich.com/

    • 33 min
    72: new food media, herbal CSAs and regenerative supporting blockchain

    72: new food media, herbal CSAs and regenerative supporting blockchain

    This month we hear about the new food and farming media and how the two are becoming ever closer, we head to a medicinal CSA and we end with a technology that may be part of our toolkit for a regenerative future.

    This episode of Farmerama was made by Jo Barratt, Abby Rose and Olivia Oldham. A big thanks to the rest of the Farmerama team Katie Revell, Fran Bailey, Annie Landless, Eliza Jenkins and Dora Taylor. Our theme music is by Owen Barratt.

    We’re very grateful to those of you that support us and allow us to bring you these stories every month. Even the smallest contribution makes a big difference to us. If you'd like to become a supporter, visit patreon.com/Farmerama

    Links:
    Vittles https://vittles.substack.com/ @vittleslondon
    Jonathan Nunn @demarionunn
    Earthlight Herbs: https://www.earthlight.uk/
    Regen Network : https://www.regen.network/token/

    • 30 min
    71: Continuous Cropping, Land For Who and the Magic of Woodchip

    71: Continuous Cropping, Land For Who and the Magic of Woodchip

    In this month’s episode, we bring you three conversations with farmers and researchers who spoke at this year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference.

    First, we hear from John Letts - a wheat grower and crop developer living in Buckinghamshire, known for growing heritage grains. He joins us to explain Continuous cropping, something that got a lot of attention this year at the ORFC.

    Next, we speak to Frances Northrop, who works for the New Economics Foundation and is an associate fellow specialising in local economies. Frances talks to us about a project she worked on last year called 'Land for Who'. She also explores the concept of 'new municipalism' - a global political movement that is all about ordinary citizens claiming power in their local and city governments - and how this relates to land.

    Finally, we catch up with Ben Raskin to talk about his new book.‘The Woodchip Handbook’ delves into the magic and potential of woodchip not only as a mulch but also as a way of building soil health and fertility through beneficially increasing the fungal content of the soil.

    This episode of Farmerama was made by Jo Barratt, Abby Rose and Olivia Oldham. A big thanks to the rest of the farmerama team - Katie Revell, Annie Landless, Eliza Jenkins, Fran Bailey and Dora Taylor.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Bazzoh ,

Landed was extraordinary

Top quality every month, but I really recommend going back to listen to the four parts of Landed. As a person of Indian heritage I thought I knew my colonial history but the way this linked The Clearances to Slavery and beyond was incredible. And with a humble host who really came up with a potential plan for the future. Wonderful. A perfect podcast.

sdelamothe ,

Great

Such a great resource. Really love it all. The team isn’t dogmatic about one agricultural system, which makes it so much more informative. Have shared with lots of people not interested in agriculture because I feel what they cover is really interesting!

f1464 ,

A delight..

I’m in my second season at a small organic farm in Worcestershire and this podcast is the best companion I could ask for. It reminds you why you’re doing what you’re doing and the people who share your values that are working towards similar things. It’s so very well done. Insightful, peaceful, and informative. I love the layout, it keeps you interested with the range of topics on each podcast and is just goddamn beautiful to listen to! One of my favourites.

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