Are robots creating our dinner? Can we really rely on Jeremy Clarkson for the future of farming? Can our cows single-hoofedly destroy the climate? Boots and Heels- walk in our shoes- explores the various routes into agriculture with the aim to educate, empower and show that two people from different backgrounds can both find and maintain their place in the industry.Hosted by Becca and Lizzie, this podcast dives into topical issues, exciting debates and interesting interviews. Grab a good cuppa with fresh milk and join your passionate Yorkshire and Northern Gals.
S2, Bonus: Boots, Heels and Yellow Wellies
Why is poor mental health one of the biggest hidden problems facing farmers today? Where can you reach out for support? What is the #MindYourHead campaign?
In this very special episode, we stand with Yellow Wellies for their Mind Your Head week, which aims to break the stigma of mental wellbeing in the agricultural industry, and share our own personal challenges.
We start with Stephanie Berkeley, founder, about the initiative and the very real problems that anyone can face when it comes to mental health.
We also catch up with James Arney, one of two reigning champions, of Farmers Weekly’s Britain’s Fittest Farmer, about why physical health can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing.
Finally, we welcome Emmerdale and Strictly star, Kelvin Fletcher to find out how he’s getting on, on his new farm and how no matter the size of your farm, everyone can feel the realities of isolation and loneliness.
S2, E10: 'Social Media' with YouTuber Tom Pemberton
How do you become a successful YouTuber? Is social media a profitable diversification? What are the top tips?
In our final episode of Series 2, we join Tom Pemberton, famous dairy farmer, YouTuber and recently turned author, to talk about his successes and help him around his farm.
We chat about how it all began, his new TV show and how he deals with trolls across the internet.
Plus, make sure you check out our YouTube video to see us get stuck in on the farm!
S2, E9: 'Young Farmers' Club' with Rugby Referee Legend Nigel Owens
What's it like going from crowds to cows? Can you join Young Farmers' if you're not a farmer? Is Rugby Union better than Rugby League?
In episode 9, we join rugby referee legend Nigel Owens, at his home in Wales, to talk all things rugby and farming.
We delve into the highlights of his career, the switch from sport to agriculture and hear what it's like to be a gay man in both industries.
Plus, we find out how to say Boots and Heels in Welsh!
S2, E8: 'Animal Welfare' with Amy Jackson
What does ‘animal welfare’ really mean? Do we need more labels on our food? What does the data reveal?
With Veganuary a huge topic of conversation, we speak with Amy Jackson, PhD writer, about what the view on dairy farming really is.
We find out more about her study, question who should dictate package designs and try to define the meaning of ‘welfare’.
Plus, we look at the impact and backlash that social media can have.
S2, E7: 'Diversity' with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones and Ben Theo Andrews
What does diversity bring to agriculture?
During episode 7, we speak with Wilfred Emmanuel Jones MBE, founder of the Black Farmer brand, to discuss the power of a diverse community and his new venture 'The Black Farmer Experience'.
Later, we further catch up with Ben Theo Andrews to talk about his experiences in farming alongside being an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
Join us as we spark a conversation about how valuing representation from all areas, races, genders and sexualities, can strengthen the farming industry and widen the skillset.
S2, E6: 'Women in Ag' with NFU President Minette Batters
Is there clear sexism in farming? What does the future look like? Could Lizzie run for NFU president?
We kick off 2022, with NFU President, Minette Batters, and discuss the important topic of women in agriculture and shaking off a once useful label.
From Minette’s own experiences to her advice for the next generation, we delve into what it really means to be a female in the industry.
Plus, find out what it’s like speaking with Boris Johnson, politicians and fighting for the farming community.