A Suffolk shepherd is set to provide all the sheep for this month’s English National Sheepdog Trials at Stowmarket as exhibitors pull out all the stops to put the county on the map with a series of exhibitions at the event.
Small-scale farmers are providing the answers to the challenges we face with climate change and the environment in a way that larger agricultural operators are failing to equal, a Suffolk-based agro-ecologist claims.
Well I can’t start this article without mentioning that once again Tractor Boy fell at the final hurdle, literally, to take second place to Suffolk Young Farmers’ all new mascot Super Sheep in the Suffolk Show Mascot Race.
Suffolk will be showcasing the best of its local food and drink, countryside crafts and skills and rural businesses as the English National Sheepdog Trials arrive in the county for the first time in their 100-plus years’ history.
An inspirational event bringing together primary school children from all over Essex took place at Writtle University College this week. Sarah Chambers was at Essex Agricultural Association’s 10th Essex Schools Food and Farming Day.
Four professional singers will perform a selection of favourites from the musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan and opera on Saturday, April 8, at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, in aid of farming charity Farming Community Network (FCN).
A ‘Dig for Victory’ display to motivate Suffolk Show goers to grow their own fruit and vegetables and a beer garden to relax with a craft beer and live music will be among the attractions at one of the event’s most popular attractions.
Land prices peaked around 2015 but since then their fortunes have been less certain. SARAH CHAMBERS asked the experts how the land lies, and whether there is any real certainty about what will happen to them over the next decade.
The East of England Co-op pulled out all the stops in March as it celebrated 10 years of its highly successful Sourced Locally initiative, which has brought bigger markets to more than 100 of its local suppliers, and increased its sales year on year. Sarah Chambers was at its annual Producer of the Year awards.