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Wiggly Podcast 171 is LONG!

By Heather 10 years ago

They are usually pretty cheery but here's the blurb for this week's show!
"It's the longest Wiggly Podcast so far and everyone is feeling gloomy. Richard and Farmer Phil re-convene to follow up their discussion of banned pesticides, but another row starts to brew, so Heather demands that it be faded out. There's plenty of feedback from Podchef, but he's not taking sides. The cow crisis is deeper and more complicated than thought, Richard's cockerel has been goosed to dead and his dog has gone deaf, Toast has a terrible itch, another prize cow has died and someone has forgotten to plant their garlic.
At least Monty has a cheerful Montycast."
Never mind here is one of our our latest reviews on iTunes:
5 stars - A Breath of Fresh Air by Belsfurry.Of all the podcasts I subscribe to yours is the one that I just can't wait to download each week. I Love it, though my husband (who has only listened to it once) thinks its a bit crazy. Its a great mixture of fun, information and practical tips brought to you by a great bunch of people who are passionate about the environment and the planet we live on. Keep up the good work Heather and the team - you are a breath of fresh air!
Thanks Belsfurry

We're OK in California AND Texas

By Heather 10 years ago

Podcasting reaches the parts other Wigglyness simply cant reach!
The Wiggly Podcast has listeners all over the World and of course they have their own iTunes stores where reviews are posted.Here are the latest from the US Store - thanks to KK and Texas Dave:
KK from CaliforniaWiggly Wigglers Rock! 5 starsI have just discovered your podcast and website. What an absolutely brilliant (to use Heather's word) and creative way to send out some of the most interesting, helpful and ecological information. I have grown very fond of all of you and I feel that I am right there in your living room and traipsing your farm. How truly glad I am to have found you and so thankful that you have followed some wiggly dream and vision to share with us all. Bravo! Karel Hendee
Texas DaveWho thought gardening could be this fun! 5 startsI'm not sure how I found this podcast but, it is now one of my favourites! The characters that the show has developed are fun and consistant. The content is always fresh and a true treat each week. If you know someone just getting starting in podcasting or, who loves nature, gardening and comedy, pass this podcast along. Each week I feel like I'm on the sofa with the gang. And yes, Farmer Phil has a fan in Texas! Cheers from Dave near Dallas TX.
Tune in on iTunes or pop here me dear!

Farmer Phil and the Year of Food and Farming

By Heather 11 years ago





As part of the "Year of Food and Farming", Farmer Phil went along to the Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls to talk about Lower Blakemere Farm. He had a wonderful day and actually came home shattered (!) He talked about our farm, our beef, and then the chefs ran a ready steady cook where the girls could try the meat. You can listen to our podcast about the launch of the "Year of Food and Farming" (Number 103)In the meantime, here is just a taster of the pile of feedback he received…(I think they liked him) and girls – you can put more comments at the bottom of this blog!

To Farmer Phil…


I really enjoyed the talk. I learnt lots and it was fun, not boring! I was
interested to learn about a cow’s year, I did not know about it. I was glad to
know that cows are killed painlessly. I now feel much happier about eating beef.
The cooking food smells really good.
Very good and detailed and made me realise that a farmer’s life is tough and you
care for the environment. I learnt a lot about good meat. It was good that you
brought in food and showed us the meat.

A very informative talk, lots of detail and I liked the samples of cereals and
the wheat. I learnt that the barley has longer heads than the wheat, I can never
tell the difference on my farm.

Not sure about The Wiggly Podcast?

By Heather 12 years ago

If you are thinking to yourself - I cant be bothered to listen in to the Wiggly Podcast - I expect its just a company advert.... maybe you think its more of a country bumpkin production, take a read of our latest review on iTunes.

I'm so pleased that "The Mart-Man" has put up a review - I began to wonder if we would get another! Our listenership is rising but our last review was over a month ago!

Anyway here it is:
"5 stars My weekly dose of farming and I love it.
People who really love what they do. The team at Wiggly Wigglers put out this glorious podcast every Monday, the highlight of my iTunes week.

A too-short snapshot of the workings of an innovative and diverse farm-based business led by the enthusiastic Heather, her of the infectious laugh. She draws the best from those around her. in particular logical debate and knowledge of many environmental and sustainability subjects from Richard, and a down to earth practical farmer's take from the children's telly character named Farmer Phil - surely he should be getting his own animated show soon (actually he is a real person - a real star...sorry Heather).

If you have an interest in modern country life (and if you value our future food production and countryside then you should) then you'll enjoy this podcast and learn a lot from it.

Particular highlights for me were ploughing - I am a nurse in Bristol and I listened with rapt enjoyment to something I'll probably never get to try - and a brilliant debate on shooting as part of country life.

One low point...cats. Don't mention cats."

I reckon that should have inspired you to have a listen, in fact our local hospital is going to play the Wiggly Podcast to their listeners which I think will be really cool. Thank you to The Mart-Man.

Need anymore convincing? surely not but if you really do, we are in the "whats hot" section of iTunes inbetween Chris Evans and the BBC Breakfast Takeaway!

Latest iTune review for The Wiggly Podcast

By Heather 12 years ago

Five Stars
What a way to inspire by shotokai

"I came across this podcast after clicking the science and tecg section in iTunes. It was featured and the name struck a chord with me. It sounded quirky and like one of those podcasts which are full of useful information.

The format of the show gives the mind a warm Aga to sit by with a cup of tea and good company.

I would definitely recommend this. As someone who grew up in the country (though forestry and sheep farming were bigger than cereals), and has been away for three years (in Japan), I thank the team for giving me a clice of home comfort.
Plus it's helping me remember all that landscape management I studied at uni!"

Thank you Shotokai, have a listen in to Podcast 72 when it comes out. We have included a sheepish section just for you!