OnFARM showcases rural enterprise, rural community, rural creativity, rural charity, rural history, and so much more. OnFARM gives rural Scotland a strong voice and platform from which to share its wonderful and inspiring stories. Each episode, we will champion the producers, the grafters, and the innovators who put food on our tables and keep our countryside green and beautiful for all. OnFARM: Food, Agricultural and Rural Matters in Scotland. It's the perfect place to keep up with what 'grows' on in rural Scotland. New episodes from 0600B every Monday, presented by Anna Davies and Ross Montague.
SAOS on farming's climate change challenge - part 1
All too often, farmers and food producers are portrayed as villains on climate change. While there is work to do, the industry's positive stories too often go untold. The co-op umbrella organisation SAOS say it is time to change that. They also want to spearhead an industry-wide collaborative push to cut emissions and ramp up sequestration. For the first of a number of climate change episodes with SAOS, Anna is joined by:
Tim Bailey - SAOS chief executive
Emma Patterson Taylor - SAOS policy manager focused on climate change.
Angela Porchez of the fruit growers co-op Angus Growers
Jonny Williams from meat marketing co-op Farmstock
Be a price-maker not a price-taker, with dairy farmer Rory Christie
Rory Christie farms in Wigtownshire alongside his brother, and is on the boards of both the Milk Suppliers Association (MSA) and the co-op umbrella organisation SAOS. He strongly advocates investing in becoming as good at negotiation as whoever is on the other side of the table - whether that is a big corporate buyer, your farm landlord, or even your spouse or kids! Anna and Rory sat down for a wide ranging chat, that also takes in farming's response to climate change and fears over farm subsidies in a Brexit future.
Converting from conventional to organic farming with SOPA
What does it take to convert from conventional to organic farming? What are the benefits and pitfalls of making the switch, and what really captures people’s passion along the way?
For this edition of OnFARM, Anna is joined by Debs Roberts of the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA), and Phil Swire, an Aberdeenshire farmer who is midway through converting to organic.
Organic oilseed rape production in Aberdeenshire
Organic oilseed rape is often said to be impossible to grow. Aberdeenshire feed manufacturer Norvite are at the centre of trials hoping to prove that claim wrong - and to offer Scottish-grown organic cold-pressed rapeseed oil as a premium product for restaurants and wholesale. They also hope to offer organic animal feed - a counterpart to their soya-free, local, yet conventional dairy ration NeoLac. Dave Howard finds out more, for the first of a new series of onFARM.
SAOS and Scottish Farm co-ops (repeat)
Anna is munching delicious broccoli crisps this week! She's in Cupar in Fife, at the headquarters of Growers Garden. They make crisps from vegetables that would otherwise not have made the grade for supermarket shelves. Growers Garden are part of a farmer-owner co-operative called East of Scotland Growers. It is a brilliant example of individual farmers working together to benefit each other as a group - under the larger Scottish umbrella group for co-operatives, the SAOS.
OnFARM repeating this episode before taking a short break - while we work behind the scenes to make a raft of new episodes with partners -- including SAOS! We'll have a number of episodes in our new series looking at examples of Scottish farm co-ops taking on the challenge of climate change.
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The Batch Lady (2 of 2, repeat)
Social media star Suzanne Mulholland AKA The Batch Lady shows Anna her methods for making the most of your freezer and kitchen storage. Her online videos and bestselling books show you how you can feed your household delicious and healthy meals, with a single one-hour cooking session each week. In this second part of the chat, Suzanne also gets Anna to try batching for herself! All episodes can be heard at www.podfollow.com/onfarm