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Author Archive: Paul Melnyczuk

Paul Melnyczuk is editor of Home Farmer, and together with Ruth Tott is the founder of the company. His Ukrainian father and Austrian mother came over in the 1950s, and he was raised near Accrington (of Stanley fame) in Lancashire. With a degree in European Literature and a year spent living in Sweden, and a further 2 years in the Sudan, his background is rich and varied.

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Low Allergy Gardening

Low Allergy Gardening

The author of the following article is Max Wiseberg, who has suffered badly from hayfever since childhood, and as a consequence created Haymax, an organic, drug-free barrier balm for allergy sufferers. Here he provides some timely tips for any other gardeners dreading the coming hayfever months. Surprisingly, there are many ways to considerably reduce your […]

An Exciting New Initiative from the Ecological Land Co-operative

An Exciting New Initiative from the Ecological Land Co-operative

  Phil Moore of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) writes about the aims of the organisation and an exciting new initiative they have taken on designed to enable more people to work the land. The changing post-Brexit landscape could well prompt a resurgence in small-scale mixed farming. Could this possibly be one solution to the […]

Graham Harvey’s Latest Play, No Finer Life

Graham Harvey’s Latest Play, No Finer Life

  Michael Wale talks to agricultural writer, campaigner, and Archers agricultural editor, Graham Harvey, whose passionate belief in the importance of small farms has resulted in him writing a play Graham Harvey has now written in excess of 600 scripts for The Archers, and is agricultural advisor to the popular long-running nightly Radio 4 tale […]

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

Invertebrate charity, Buglife, is dismayed that the National Farmers Union (NFU) is ignoring the compelling evidence that neonics have damaged wild bee populations and has again asked Defra to temporarily lift the EU-wide ban on using neonicotinoid seed treatments on insect pollinated crops. There is abundant scientific evidence that neonic seed treatments do not consistently […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Avian Flu and the Current ‘Prevention Zone’

Avian Flu and the Current ‘Prevention Zone’

So far the H5N8 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed at a commercial game farm in Lancashire, at two separate poultry farms in Lincolnshire, and in backyard flocks in North Yorkshire and Carmarthenshire. Restrictions remain in place in Wyre, Lancashire (the most recent outbreak confirmed on the 16th of January), and in East Lindsey […]

Britain First, When negotiating with Trump

Britain First, When negotiating with Trump

Dear Theresa May The removal of all references to climate change from the Whitehouse website and the prospect of a trade deal with the US worry me – if we were going to get shafted by TTIP as a Continent, what will we end up with now. When Mr Trump says, “America first” that sounds […]

Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe. I heard him interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme immediately after the 7 o’clock news, and his attitude was calm and relaxed, although he was emphatic about concerns for the UK poultry […]

How to Make a Cheap Cheesepress

How to Make a Cheap Cheesepress

  This plan goes back to when we made Stilton, Lancashire and Brie cheeses last year. We have always wanted to do hard cheeses, too, which require specific weights, and therefore something a little more formal than a cheese on a tray with a chopping board on top, weighted down with a large carton of […]

By November 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Tasmanian Devil Milk May Provide MRSA Solution

Tasmanian Devil Milk May Provide MRSA Solution

For most of us our only knowledge of the Tasmanian devil is from Bugs Bunny cartoons, but I was lucky enough to see one up close not too long ago and they seem pretty inoffensive and quite small, although I have heard that they become incredibly aggressive if you come between them and their food! […]

Little Change in Antibiotic Use

Little Change in Antibiotic Use

  Optimism over the government’s recent acceptance of the O’Neill Review on antimicrobial resistance (see last month’s magazine) should in no way make us complacent about this critical matter. Data published recently by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) reveals massive overuse, with animal usage now twice as high as in humans. Lord O’Neill suggested there […]

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