This month we hear about the challenges and successes for female farmers in Africa (and the UK), which has led to projects such as MAFGE (Male Advocacy for Gender Equality). Nigel reports from the milk protests in Brussels, which were incredibly hectic and fuelled by frustrated farmers determined to have their voices heard. Roving reporter Ben Raskin explores how Helen’s Bay Walled Garden, a beautiful wild old kitchen garden in Northern Ireland, is being brought back to life by David Love Cameron, a Raymond Blanc heritage garden scholar. And finally, we are treated to a collection of thoughts from a natural winemaker in Italy. The whole show, including escaping cows, is broadcast from the Sussex farm of longtime British farmers Monica and Fred Akehurst (and the original home of IndieFarmer).
We meet young Scottish crofters keeping cultural traditions alive, hear from a Lebanese farmer and South African harvester using alternative approaches to certification, dip our toes into sustainable seaweed harvesting along the coast of Ireland and bump into Autonomia Project as they wind their way by bike from Paris to Tokyo with a sack full of seeds. Find out about the inspiring projects and people we met on our trip to Slow Food Youth Network‘s We Feed the Planet at the Milan Expo last week.
Nigel, Jo and Abby take a close look at Natural Agriculture after a visit to the Shumei farm near Yatesbury. They also investigate some of the ways farms are trying to get local communities more interested in growing and farming. There’s a visit to a CSA farm near Swansea, a community garden in the midlands, and an urban farm in Bristol.
Farmerama Radio shares great stories from the smaller-scale farming movement in the UK. We are out in the field digging out what’s really going on. In episode one, we go to the annual CSA gathering to learn the ins and outs of community-supported agriculture, Nigel visits a Devon Water Buffalo farm and Zarah Rahman investigates the historical significance of seeds.