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June 2009

Tracy Worcester Pig Business Podcast

By Heather 10 years ago




Wiggly Podcast 188
Rachel Harries talks to film maker Tracy Worcester about her film Pig Business, a film that shows how cheap meat is not always what it seems and how industrial food production methods have uncoupled the price of pork on the supermarket shelves from the costs that we'll all have to pay eventually. It's the longest Wiggly Podcast so far, but an important one that bears a second listening. 

Time to buy British Pork and check its provenance...

Farmer Phil's Farm Mix for just £1!

By Heather 10 years ago



Its true Farmer Phil's Farm Mix is available at £1!!

What's the catch?

Well you can only have one bag per household...
Its best to order something else with it as our normal postage and packing charge applies.
The offer runs out in a Jiffy (well 11.59pm 30th June)

Sometimes we have other corking offers, a long with a bit of gossip in our e-news. Please subscribe.

In the meantime, find out how to claim your £1 bag of Farmer Phil's Farm Mix HERE

Nuffield Web 2.0 for Farmers and Rural Biz

By Heather 10 years ago

In 2007 I was lucky enough to be awarded a Nuffield Scholarship

In the aftermath of the Second World War Lord Nuffield, Industrialist and Philanthropist, initiated a travelling scholarship scheme for British and Empire farmers, in recognition of their contribution to feeding the nation through the war, and as a method of advancing the best agriculturalist practice around the world.The first 2 scholars were selected in 1947. Jane Kenyon and Edward Stokes from the UK paved the way for some 1000 scholars from eight participating countries that have since travelled the world studying the best agricultural practice wherever it may be. From Brussels to Washington, the paddy fields of Asia and the fantastically productive farmlands in the America’s, to the most sophisticated and technologically advanced farming in the other parts of the world, Nuffield scholars have created an unrivalled network of Agriculturalists that, worldwide, are at the leading edge of their profession. Read moreI studied how Web 2.0 and Social Media could benefit Farmers and Rural Business. You can read the agreed draft of my Nuffield Report here.Let me know what you think...

The taste of summer

By Heather 10 years ago

Now for those of you didn't follow my rambling instructions on how to make Elderflower Cordial on Podcast 186, here they are again:

What you need:
15 - 20 heads
3 pints water
1.5 kgs sugar
1 lemon, cut in half and juiced

Put your elderflower heads in a large clean bowl or bucket. Dissolve the sugar in boiling water and pour over the flower heads, squeeze in the lemon and throw the halves in as well.

Leave for 24 hours - strain, preferably through muslim (a sieve is not quite fine enough) and bottle. If you bottle it in plastic bottles you can freeze it for later, or you can keep it in the fridge for about a month - if it lasts that long!

I love it added to white wine and soda or lemonade, a sort of Elderflower White Wine Spritzer. But what I'd really like now is to try making some Elderflower Champagne.

Ummm, lovely!

Barmy Piccy but Nice Flowers

By Heather 10 years ago


Not sure who looks dafter here me or the cow! But even so Mr "Natt" Naylor has supplied us with a corking pallet of peonies picked from his patch!  If you would like a gorgeous hand tied Pile of Peonies at a wonderful price, all you need to do is to subscribe to our e-news which usually has a very good bargain and a bit of good gossip and we will send it on to you straight away.

We want LOCAL food!

By Heather 10 years ago

Well its a couple of weeks since we talked about this on the podcast, but I promised I'd let you know where to find out more about the local food project I work on when I'm not at Wiggly Wigglers.

Have a look at the Campaign to Protect Rural England website for background to the project and the wonderful work of rural campaigner, Caroline Cranbrook who first mapped her local food web in East Suffolk in 1998, and was on Radio 4 Desert Island Disks last week. Or listen to Podcast 183.

And if you'd like to get involved in tracking your local food web (or network) and live in one of these locations, why not join the Mapping Local Food Webs volunteer research team?

Ledbury - rachelh@cpre.org.uk (West Midlands)
St Austell - jennyg@cpre.org.uk (South West)
Burnley - helenm@cpre.org.uk (North West)
Haslemere - kareng@cpre.org.uk (South East)
Otley - elizabethf@cpre.org.uk (Yorkshire and Humber)
Norwich - rachels@cpre.org.uk (East)
Newark - davidr@cpre.org.uk (East Midlands)

If your town isn't listed here, there will be about another 7 or 8 mapped in the next few months, so contact your Regional Coordinator to find out more.