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Author Archive: Ruth Tott

Ruth Tott is the publisher of Home Farmer Magazine, and together with her husband, Paul Melnyczuk, Editor,is founder of the company. But her background is far removed having specialised in Costume History with a Post-Grad diploma in Museum Studies to boot. A far cry from looking after chickens, growing veg and making bread!

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Call to Remove Income Bar from Small Farm Grant Scheme

Call to Remove Income Bar from Small Farm Grant Scheme

“Remove the income bar on Small Farm Grant Scheme” says Smallholding Scotland The Board of Smallholding Scotland has written to Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, to ask him to remove the income bar on the Small Farm Grant Scheme for the remaining life of the scheme and allow Scottish small-scale farmers […]

By March 23, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
‘Egg-cellent’ Easter Eggs v Happy Hens’ Eggs

‘Egg-cellent’ Easter Eggs v Happy Hens’ Eggs

It’s nearly Easter, which means the supermarket shelves are stacked full of shiny chocolate eggs, but a national hen welfare charity is hoping the public will spare a thought for hens’ eggs at this time of year too. With that in mind, the British Hen Welfare Trust takes a quick look at how hens’ eggs […]

By March 16, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Growing Rhubarb

Growing Rhubarb

Gaby Bartai provides growing and storage advice together with creative serving suggestions and recipes for your rhubarb crop Rhubarb is something of a touchstone in the gardening year. After long weeks spent coaxing early spring crops into producing discernable growth, rhubarb bounces back into rampant production, the harvest is finally underway, and your faith in […]

By February 13, 2018 1 Comments Read More →
Healthy Chickens Check List

Healthy Chickens Check List

In this post Jason Weller of Mantel Farm focuses specifically on the health and welfare of your flock. Sitting down to write my first Home Farmer post seems a daunting task. Keeping readers interested month to month on the subject of keeping poultry – a topic which has been tackled repeatedly – is a considerable […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Feeding Goats

Feeding Goats

  Emma Hurrell BSc (Hons), PGCert, discusses the importance of providing your goats with a high quality, balanced diet to ensure they remain healthy and productive THE IMPORTANCE OF FIBRE As ruminants, goats are highly adapted to digesting fibre. Eating fibrous material such as hay and tree branches promotes rumination (‘chewing the cud’), maintains healthy […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Looking After Hens with Special Needs

Looking After Hens with Special Needs

  The most obvious birds with special needs are re-homed birds via the British Hen Welfare Trust or similar, which may never even have seen the outdoors prior to their retirement from the commercial world, but I have tried to deal with the question of combining different birds, dealing with particularly nervous birds and keeping […]

By January 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Soreen Type Malt Loaf Recipe

Soreen Type Malt Loaf Recipe

This recipe for squidgy, sticky dark malt loaf produces a loaf like the popular Soreen brand. Once made leave for 2 – 3 days to allow the flavours to develop and for it to moisten and acquire the traditional sticky texture. Bakers beware – it is easy to overcook it as the colours are already […]

By January 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Dandelion and Burdock Wine

Dandelion and Burdock Wine

This particular drink has been around for hundreds of years. The dandelion makes its earliest appearances in March and April, particularly on sunny days. Taraxacum officinale is its Latin name, but as children we knew it as ‘wee the bed’, or for the more romantically inclined, ‘love’s oracle’. These golden, daisy-like flowers are traditionally gathered […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
What is Intercropping

What is Intercropping

      Mark Abbott-Compton from Learn How to Garden takes advantage of intercropping to maximise plot space – a great technique for getting better harvests from smaller plots with minimum effort. Intercropping ‒ or catch cropping ‒ is quite simply one of the best ways to maximise the amount of crops you can get […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
2018 Potato Days Listings

2018 Potato Days Listings

We’ve pulled together just some of the events taking place up and down the country. It’s worth contacting your own local garden society or allotment group too, as often ‘pop-up’ events are held which can be informal but very rewarding and fruitful. Please note that a number of the listings fall short on some information so […]

By January 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

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