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Wandering Ewe Dairy – April

Wandering Ewe Dairy – April

Hugh and Pippa Stables run Wandering Ewe Dairy in North Somerset.  They produce a hard, unpasteurised, ewes’ milk cheese from their own flock of sheep.  2021 was their third year of commercial cheese production.  This is the seventh of 12 monthly blogs, which are intended to give a flavour of the year.

Lambing marks the start […]

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Slow Garden Chronicle: April

Slow Garden Chronicle:  April

Have you heard of salsify?  Until a few years ago, I thought it was probably a herb and had paid it no attention.  These days it is on our list of favourite vegetables.  I would go as far as to say that I will grow salsify instead of carrots in future.

According to my go-to vegetable […]

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Russia, Agriculture & Energy

Russia, Agriculture & Energy

How industrial agriculture helps Putin’s war

‘The U.S. Subsidy That Empowers Putin’ – this headline of an article by George W. Bush’s former speech writer David Frum in The Atlantic[1] certainly caught my attention. “For decades, the U.S. government has, at great expense, encouraged farmers to grow more corn so that it can be turned […]

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Wandering Ewe Dairy – March

Wandering Ewe Dairy - March

Hugh and Pippa Stables run Wandering Ewe Dairy in North Somerset.  They produce a hard, unpasteurised, ewes’ milk cheese from their own flock of sheep.  2021 was their third year of commercial cheese production.  This is the sixth of 12 monthly blogs, which are intended to give a flavour of the year.

Spring always come in […]

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Ukraine: Wheat, War and History

Ukraine: Wheat, War and History

A few days ago, BBC Radio 4 programme “Farming Today” featured an interview with Kees Huizinga, a Dutch farmer who came to the Ukraine some 20 years ago and now operates a 15,000 hectare farm right in the centre of a country that is known as “the breadbasket of Europe”. When farmers there first began […]

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Slow Garden Chronicle: March

Slow Garden Chronicle:  March

The weather has been warming up recently but of course it’s too early to count on sustained spring weather – we’re still getting frosts, after all.  I’m starting to get excited, though, and we do have everything read for April planting.   The soft fruit and empty vegetable beds have a thick layer of compost;  my […]

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Wandering Ewe Dairy – February

Wandering Ewe Dairy - February

Hugh and Pippa Stables run Wandering Ewe Dairy in North Somerset.  They produce a hard, unpasteurised, ewes’ milk cheese from their own flock of sheep.  2021 was their third year of commercial cheese production.  This is the fifth of 12 monthly blogs, which are intended to give a flavour of the year.

Whilst producing our flagship […]

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Ask not what farmers can do for you, ask what you can do for farmers…

Ask not what farmers can do for you, ask what you can do for farmers...

… is definitely not what John F. Kennedy said during his inaugural address, but a riff on it that popped into my head while reading an article by a friend, the Indian ag journalist and Gandhian activist, Biju Negi.

Quick reminder: in August of 2020, Indian farmers came out in protest against three agricultural bills introduced […]

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Slow Garden Chronicle: February

Slow Garden Chronicle:  February

I like the lull in the gardening year that is mid-winter.  It gives me an excuse to read and sew.  Not that there’s ever really an unproductive time in the garden.  Something is always growing somewhere, even if you can’t see it above ground.  In our wider garden the spring bulbs are getting ready and […]

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Pannage

Pannage

SO WHAT IS PANNAGE; AND WHAT’S THE FUSS?

Pannage, also known as ‘Common of Mast’, is an ancient right going back centuries that was granted to ‘Commoners’ all over the country to allow them to release their pigs into the woods in the autumn to gorge on acorns and beech mast (gluttonously…!). It’s no secret that […]

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