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About Ben Eagle

Ben is a farmer and agricultural/environmental writer from the Essex Coast. He blogs at thinkingcountry.com and presents and produces the Meet the Farmers podcast.

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The farmer-researcher: Growing enough food sustainably

Ben Eagle talks to Phil Jarvis about his experiments to farm more sustainably, while maintaining the highest possible yields. Ben…

Farm Diaries

Beef cattle, crops and a children’s play-barn

In episode 40 of the Meet the Farmers podcast Ben Eagle speaks to Richard Bower, who farms in Staffordshire, England,…

Food Files

‘Female Farmer UK’ talks local food and farmer identity

Katie Anderson (aka Female Farmer UK) is a young farmer originally from Essex who is now living and working in…

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Talking mental health with Norfolk farmer Kit Papworth

This week’s Meet the Farmers podcast features Kit Papworth, who sadly lost his father, David, last year to suicide. We…

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Food ethics: With Helen Browning, CEO of the Soil Association

In this, episode of the Meet the Farmers podcast, Ben speaks to Wiltshire farmer and Chief Executive of the Soil…

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Hope Farm: Making profit and conservation work together

In this episode Ben speaks to Georgie Bray, the farm manager at the RSPB’s Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire. The key…

Farm Diaries

On the farm with NFU’s deputy president Guy Smith

In this episode of Meet the Farmers Ben speaks to deputy president of the National Farmers Union of England and…

Farm Diaries

Conservation and farming cousins: Meet Patrick and Brian Barker

Patrick and Brian Barker are cousins who farm around 500ha of cereals, herbage grass seed, linseed and spring beans in…

Food Files

Turkey guru Paul Kelly tells his story

Ben’s guest in this episode of Meet the Farmers is Essex turkey farmer Paul Kelly, who’s family breed KellyBronze turkeys,…

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Spotlight: The Nature Friendly Farming Network

The┬áNature Friendly Farming Network is a farmer-led, grassroots organisation which profiles a way of farming that puts nature and the…

Food Files

The man behind Green & Black’s chocolate

Ben Eagle speaks to organic farmer, environmentalist and entrepreneur William Kendall, from Suffolk, England. William has been an army officer,…

Food Files

George Young: Farmer, miller, baker,

Ben talks to Essex arable farmer George Young. Among other things George grows lentils and beans for the pioneering pulse…

Farm Diaries

Meet the Farmer: Teleri Fielden in Snowdonia, Wales

In this episode of the Meet the Farmers podcast, Ben teams up with presenter of the Wild Voices Project podcast,…

Food Files

Meet the farmer: Organic producer John Pawsey

In this episode Ben speaks to organic arable and sheep farmer John Pawsey at his farm in Suffolk, England. *Ben…

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Talking health and wellbeing with Liz Earle

Farming can be the best job in the world. However, sometimes it can also be one of the most stressful,…