NFFN Podcasts

NFFN have our very own podcasts hosted by Ben Eagle and Will Evans. Farmers from across the UK have been sharing their nature friendly farming stories and check back soon for series 3!

Series 2 Episode 8: click here to listen

The Isle of Diversification

In this final episode of the second series of the podcast Ben Eagle and Will Evans meet Anthony Curwen who is Managing Director of Quex Park in Kent. They learn about how Anthony’s business changed from a large-scale vegetable operation to a fully diversified estate including multiple diversifications on top of the arable business.

Series 2 Episode 7: click here to listen

Nothing is off limits

In this episode Ben and Will are once again visiting Scotland to speak to farmer and conservationist Michael Clarke in Dumfriesshire. They hear all about his long journey into farming in his own right, the incredible range of measures he’s taken to improve biodiversity on his farm, and what the Scottish Government should be doing to support nature friendly farming.

 

 

Series 2 Episode 6: click here to listen

In Clover We Trust

In our latest podcast episode Ben and Will head to north Wales to speak to Gethin Owen who farms 150 acres near to the coast there. Among other things they discuss the benefits of leaving winter stubbles and growing red clover.

 

 

Series 2 Episode 5: click here to listen

Hope for the Future

Hosts Ben and Will once again head over to beautiful Northern Ireland to talk to arable farmer David Sandford about his lifetime of effort to improve nature and biodiversity on his farm on the shores of Strangford Lough, some of the highly prestigious awards he’s won, and why he’s hopeful for the future.

 

 

 

 

Series 2 Episode 4: click here to listen

Above us only Skye

Hosts Ben Eagle and Will Evans meet NFFN’s Scotland Vice-Chair Phil Knott and learn about crofting and Phil’s plan for the future as well as focusing on climate change resilience.

 

 

 

Series 2 Episode 3: click here to listen

You’ve goat to be kidding me!

In this series we are focussing on the road to COP26 and speaking to farmers who are undertaking work to tackle the climate crisis in their own ways. In this episode Ben and Will head to Northern Ireland to talk to 1st generation farmer Charlie Cole to find out all about his incredibly diverse business, and how working with nature is central to everything he does.

 

 

Series 2 Episode 2: click here to listen

Becoming a Climate Resilient Farm

In this series we are focusing on the road to COP26 and speaking to farmers who are undertaking work to tackle the climate crisis in their own ways. In this episode Ben and Will speak to Welsh farmer Tony Davies who transformed his business to focus on making it sustainable for the future in terms of climate and biodiversity but also looking to the opportunities available to ensure he remains profitable.

 

 

 

Series 2 Episode 1: click here to listen

Connecting People, Nature, and Food

Where better to start the second series of the NFFN Podcast than with the man behind it all – Martin Lines? We discuss the changes he’s made on his farm in Cambridgeshire and how they’ve had a dramatically positive effect on nature and the profitability of his business, as well as how and why NFFN came about in the first place and where he’d like it to be in the future.

 

 

 

Episode 8: click here to listen

Nature – An enterprise in it’s own right

Hosts Ben Eagle and Will Evans travel to County Armagh in Northern Ireland to meet arable farmer Simon Best, where they talk about how he sells his crops to local businesses, how green waste and composting have dramatically improved his soils, environment schemes, carbon auditing, working with nature, and much more.

 

 

Episode 7: click here to listen

Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape

Hosts Ben Eagle and Will Evans meet farmer, acclaimed author, and member of the NFFN Scotland steering group, Patrick Laurie, to talk all about his farm in Galloway, his deep connections to the area, his book ’Native – Life in a Vanishing Landscape’, and what nature means to him and his business.

 

 

 

Episode 6: click here to listen

Marginal Gains

In this episode hosts Ben Eagle and Will Evans meet Polly Davies and Graeme Wilson who run a mixed organic farm in South Wales. They manage several enterprises between them but would now rather focus on improving their current business rather than starting more enterprises, hence the search for ‘marginal gains’.

 

 

Episode 5: click here to listen

A Nature State of Mind

Hosts Ben Eagle and Will Evans meet multi-generation dairy farmer James Robinson, to talk all about his family business in south Cumbria, his huge social media following, and how he’s carrying on the tradition of enhancing the natural environment on his farm.

 

 

Episode 4: click here to listen

Farming meets Conservation in North Wales

Hosts Ben Eagle and Will Evans meet Hilary Kehoe, Chair of the Welsh steering group of the Nature Friendly Farming Network who farms 150ha across Gwynedd and Ynys Mon (Anglesey) both at home and on nature reserves across north west Wales.

 

 

 

Episode 3: click here to listen

Farming with Nature on the Emerald Isle

Hosts Ben Eagle and Will Evans meet Northern Ireland based Michael Meharg who farms Irish Moiled rare breed cattle on 250ha.

 

 

 

 

Episode 2: click here to listen

How do you simply measure nature on your farm?

Meet Denise Walton who is on the Scottish Steering Group of NFFN and farms with her family in the Scottish Borders.

 

 

 

 

Episode 1: click here to listen

Nature Means Business

We hope you enjoy our first podcast featuring farmer Chris Clark, England Chair of the NFFN.