It was great to see a Yorkshire lad win the National Pig Awards Young Pig Farmer of the Year. Matt Donald, who won the award, works on his family’s farm Continue Reading →
Back-breaking manual work Once upon a time, potato picking was dirty, heavy, back-breaking manual work. Generations of rural families spent long cold days picking the vegetables by hand from the Continue Reading →
Jason Butler grows Halloween pumpkins in Bewholme, near Bridlington in East Yorkshire. It was a pleasure to drive over to visit Jason for Dalesman Magazine. Jason’s home is in Continue Reading →
Bob Gallon has worked on the Bell Estate in Thirsk for all his working life, and has witnessed sixty years of change in farming. Farming in the 1940s Bob Gallon Continue Reading →
For Countryman Magazine this month, I visited Judith Dryden, who raises Christmas geese ‘Christmas is coming, The goose is getting fat.’ goes the old nursery rhyme – but surely, turkey Continue Reading →
For Dalesman Feb 2014, Helen Johnson met David Winfield, an artist who is painting landscapes on John Bell’s farm, in all seasons and moods. Continue Reading →
Helen Johnson visited Mowbray School Farm for Countryside Magazine Continue Reading →
Helen Johnson visited Wolds Way Lavender for Dalesman Magazine, where she met Steve and Anne Jaques. Steve has built a wood-fuelled still to distill lavender oil from his plants. The oil is used in a variety of products. Continue Reading →
For Dalesman Magazine March 2012, Helen Johnson visited the Rountons, villages where new ventures are bringing new life back to rural communities.
She also met Raymond Twiddle, a man who honed his business skills raising turkeys and now supports the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
And finally she visited the Heritage Crafts Alliance, where trainer Glenn Young hopes to inspire people of all ages to learn the skills to preserve our historic buildings. Continue Reading →
Farmers Nick and Nigel Ramsden went in for Environmental Stewardship, then received grant aid to restore a Victorian ‘model’ – as in current best design – stud farm. Continue Reading →