Sian from My Rural Tribe LOVES to talk to people and hear thier story, i especially love to talk to farmers, who I find so inspiring. My podcast is asking the question ‘What makes a farmer’, we delve into thier farming story and let the conversation take us on a journey! I hope you enjoy.
Episode 10 – Susan & Shay @Seaviewfarms
Episode 9 – Charlie Beaty
Episode 8 – Sam Kenyon
Episode 7 – Helen Owens
Episode 6 – Olly Harrison
It was a pleasure to speak woth Olly Harrison whilst he sprayed his crops! I met Olly last year at an NFU Education day at a school in Derby and then saw him being interviewded on BBC news the other week from the isolation of his tractor. Olly speaks about why being dyslexic is a gift, how sunflowers can change lives and how he takes on diversification opportunties.
Follow Olly on the socials as @agricontract or @ollyharrison for updates from his Isolation Diaries from his tractor as he gets the crops in the ground!
Episode 5 – Lucy Owens
It was a pleasure to speak with Lucy and hear about her life growing up on the farm and how it is an industry so close to her heart. Lucy farms alongside her husband, works for local businesses and has her own clothing brand – i Care Clothing – with slogans for farming, community and feral children! Profits go to a farming or countryside charity every quarter, which is a great philosophy to give back.
Lucy is also passionate about showing how you can make your food go further, starting with the humble sunday roast, she makes another 3 days worth of meals for her family of 5. Follow Lucy on instagram @thismumcares
Episode 4 – Heather Wildman
My Rural Tribe host Sian Mercer, had the pleasure to speak with Heather Widman of Saviour Associates – about all things farming, from growing up on the farm, skills needed to be a a rep driving up the farm lane, to the importance of shouting about how good our British farmers are AND the need to take holiday!
Heather talks about why the S word (succession) should be spoken about – and it all starts with a conversation. I hope you enjoy!
Episode 3 – Ruari Martin
Ruari Martin wears the most amazing hat, but boy does he put across some good points.
Having grown up surrounded by the countryside and farmers in very rural Hexham, where a 8 mile walk to do his maths GCSE was taken in his stride, to realising that following your passion meant working in paradise every day – and for Ruari that is farming. From gaining practical experience from the low lands to the uplands, Ruari is now (fancy title!) farm manager at Myerscough College, where he can combine his love for the practical along with science and technology. Embracing learning and getting off farm to have conversations and make the magic happen….
Follow Ruari on Twitter – @RuariMart
Episode 2 – Claire Stead
In this episode I speak with Claire Stead, who I follow on instagram @claires_farmlife – I really enjoy seeing Claire’s life on the farm, it makes me envious and want to be out on that quad bike, but as you’ll find out it isn’t all sunsets and cute lambs!
Claire came home to the farm after 7 years working in an office, because some things are just in your heart, to be a farmer is to be part of the earth and of nature, and that calling is there.
Episode 1 – Abi Reader
Behind every great person there is a great community. Abi is a dairy farmer, spokesperson, representative and educator. Farm life is busy but add in the other commitements and Abi is one busy lady. Having a great team behind her, from mum, farm staff and those external but equally important to a farm business, mean the show goes on.
By taking a chance and saying yes to opportunities Abi’s world opened up, from being interviewed on national TV, becoming dairy Chair for the NFU Cymru to collecting her MBE from Prince Charles.
Having a vision and people behind you to help push you forward is how Abi has achieved the success she has.