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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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Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

A hen charity which has saved more than 570,000 birds from slaughter is celebrating being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. The British Hen Welfare Trust is one of five charities to be shortlisted in the Small Charity, Big Achiever category in the Third Sector Awards. The winner will be announced on 21st September. Further good […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK Rich List Billionaires Increase Share of Farm Subsidy Payouts

UK Rich List Billionaires Increase Share of Farm Subsidy Payouts

After hearing from the Ecological Land Co-operative recently about how difficult it is for new entrants into farming to get land, we can get an insight from the latest Energydesk investigation from Greenpeace as to why land is currently attracting such high prices, and much of it has to do with farm subsidies from the […]

Access to Environmental Justice under Threat

Access to Environmental Justice under Threat

As a nation we are currently at a critical point in our relationship with the environment. It took the UK a long time to come to terms with the importance of cleaning up our beaches, and it was only pressure and the threat of fines from the EU that made us take the action that […]

How to make Your Own Gin Infusions

How to make Your Own Gin Infusions

Food historian and professional cook, Seren Hollins prepares some tempting gin infusions. Gin has a history. G&T may today seem perfectly civilised, but the idea of a ‘gin drinker’ sounds slightly seedy, and the term ‘mother’s ruin’ is still commonly used to describe this drink currently enjoying a huge and fashionable resurgence. To say gin […]

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 […]

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