Food, farming and rural life from Scotland and beyond. OnFARM showcases rural enterprise, and champion the producers, grafters, and innovators who put food on our tables and keep our countryside green and beautiful for all. OnFARM: Food, Agricultural and Rural Matters in Scotland. New episodes every Monday, presented by Anna Davies and Ross Montague.
Farmer-led charity Pickups For Peace (updated episode)
Farmer-led charity Pickups For Peace collect farm trucks and 4x4 vehicles, pack them with aid, supplies, and equipment, and then drive them in convoy to Ukraine. The trucks are left to help in the war effort - moving people, recovering casualties, or transporting supplies. In this episode, Monty speaks with one of the founders of Pickups for Peace, Keith Dawson, as well, as charity supporter Nicola Alexander from Cupar in Fife.
For more information, or to donate vehicles or supplies, contact email@example.com or make a donation on justgiving.com.
We are repeating this episode as it's one of Monty's favourites from this year - to mark the midway point of his chemo and radiotherapy treatment.
"No fungi, no us": mycologist Neville Kilkenny
A teaspoon of healthy soil can contain over 3 miles of fungus - if stretched out end-to-end. That's just one of the fascinating fungi facts shared in this episode - as Anna goes foraging with East Lothian mycologist Neville Kilkenny.
Neville offers guided forays, talks and events, and teaches identification workshops at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens (RBGE). Find him online at the very aptly-named fungi.co.uk.
Huge thanks to sponsors Bell Ingram for their support of this episode.
Anna and Dave interviewed by the Radio Academy podcast
Behind the scenes insight, as Anna and producer Dave chat with Hayley Hayes, host of the Radio Academy podcast, about the making on OnFARM.
The Radio Academy is the UK radio and audio industry charity. They promote excellence in UK radio and audio (so it is only natural they would want to speak to the makers of the very excellent OnFARM!).
Truth be told, this is a wee bit of a stopgap while we make some changes in light of Monty's illness. We'll be back soon with more of the usual OnFARM fodder - but we thought you'd enjoy this in the meantime.
Monty's health: an update from the team
You may have noticed that Monty's voice has been absent from recent episodes of OnFARM. Unfortunately, this is because he has been receiving medical treatment for a brain tumour. He begins a six-week course of intensive chemo and radiotherapy today (mid-November 2023), so it's a good time to give our first official update on Monty's health.
The Great Glen Cattle Ranch at Spean Bridge
Elspeth and Paolo Berardelli farm the Great Glen Cattle Ranch at Spean Bridge. They have a wide spread of enterprises on the farm, ranging from sheep and cattle, to deer stalking, and renewable energy. They also are custodians of an important site of special scientific interest of species-rich Nardis grassland at Glencoe. Elspeth has also recently started welcoming children on to the farm from local schools, to help build their confidence and support their resilience and mental health.
With thanks to episode sponsors Scottish law firm Gillespie Macandrew.
Cairngorm Alpacas at Lochbuie Croft
Despite being a fourth-generation crofter, Robert Mackenzie has been on a steep learning curve since he took over Lochbuie Croft in Newtonmore five years ago. He and his partner Jenni MacDonell have not been shy of a challenge - inviting BBC Scotland's 'This Farming Life' to film their life and work, and starting alpaca trekking alongside the beef and lamb enterprises. They're chatting in this episode with OnFARM's Dave Howard.
Huge thanks to Bell Ingram for supporting this episode.