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Archive for July, 2017

Maintaining Food and Animal Welfare Standards Post-Brexit

Maintaining Food and Animal Welfare Standards Post-Brexit

Frightening tales of hormone-treated beef, chorine-washed chicken and GM crops have abounded recently with reports about a trade deal between the UK and the US. All are standard practices across the Atlantic, and the US would certainly expect us to accept their agricultural exports as part of any trade deal – remember “America first!” Our […]

Funny Shaped Chicken’s Eggs

Funny Shaped Chicken’s Eggs

Eggs can be different sizes, and different colours, but you would expect them mostly to be egg-shaped. However, that’s not always the case, and Terry Beebe explains why. Laying eggs is a normal process for hens, and not laying is indicative of a problem, which should be investigated. Exceptions are during the moult and in […]

Blueberry and Lemon Jam

Blueberry and Lemon Jam

This is a really simple way to make a very tasty preserve. Lizzie B’s recipe makes two jars, but if you grow your own blueberries, or find an economical source, you can simply double (or even triple) the quantities. She has only crushed half of the blueberries, as she likes a thick and fruity texture, […]

Keeping Pygmy Goats

Keeping Pygmy Goats

                            Christine Fuller from Kent Smallholders Group passes on her experiences of keeping pygmy goats, describing her first encounters as well as giving some valuable dos and don’ts for anyone considering keeping them. Our first goats were ‘pygoras’ – pygmy goats crossed with an angora goat. Their names were Lillie and Rosie, and they […]

Fidget Pie

Fidget Pie

Fidget Spinners are this year’s hot toy – about time then that we got LizzieBs recipe for Fidget Pie on our site. This is a real heritage recipe from the county that was in danger of becoming lost until it was recently revitalised by TV’s Hairy Bikers. There are a number of theories surrounding the […]

Kefir Bread

Kefir Bread

Kefir is considered to be good for restoring lost microbes in your gut. You create your own ‘mother’ kefir from kefir grains. This is a useful way of using up the ‘kefir milk’ and imparts a lovely flavour to the finished bread. INGREDIENTS – FOR THE STARTER 320g strong white bread flour ½ pint kefir […]

HF Guide to Fermenting Food

HF Guide to Fermenting Food

Seren Hollins looks at fermentation as a way to preserve and enhance food – an ancient form of storing produce as well as using Kefir as an ingredient. Kefir is reputed to be very beneficial in restoring important gut microbes and is generally good for all-round health. Throughout history, mankind has used fermentation to preserve […]

A People’s Food Policy

A People’s Food Policy

  A People’s Food Policy is a ground-breaking manifesto outlining a people’s vision of food and farming in England that is supported by over 80 food and farming organisations. The report draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organisations, NGOs, trade unions, community projects, small businesses and individuals. It has resulted in […]

Weeds – friend or foe?

Weeds – friend or foe?

Whilst acknowledging the inconvenience of weeds in a garden, award-winning gardening and environment author, John Walker, extolls their wider and more important value to our ecosystem in his latest book, Weeds. (Please see the offer at the end of this article)  @earthFgardener www.earthfriendlygardener.net Weeds are amazing. When I stumble upon a clump of creeping thistle, […]

Blarbuie Woodland Trust

Blarbuie Woodland Trust

A couple of weeks back we were invited along to Blarbuie Woodland Open Day by a neighbour (thank you, Lynda!) …Open Day? Perhaps the term Open Day is a misnomer, as it seems to me that this most active of groups every day of the week is really an open day – although I’m sure […]

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