Lambing on the farm
Lambing on the farm

Top ten most read farming and food stories in 2020

As we begin the new year in earnest, I wanted to briefly reflect on our most read stories of 2020. It’s fair to say it wasn’t a vintage year, and most of us would probably prefer to erase it from our memory.

However, miraculously we did manage to post some great farming and food stories. So in case you missed them first time round, here are our top 10 most read stories of 2020. Enjoy!

1. Plaw Hatch Farm – putting the culture back into agriculture

I visited the inspirational team at Plaw Hatch back in March to learn more about their thriving Biodynamic community farm and shop located on the edge of the Ashdown Forest.

2. Photo Story – cheese making and the Swiss alpabfahrt cow parade

Back in the autumn of 2018 I joined a delegation of journalists in Lucerne, Switzerland for a three day tour of Swiss farmers and cheese makers, coinciding with the annual cow parade.

3. Q&A: Jo Thompson – Farm Locations agency

I caught up with Jo Thompson to chat about her growing Farm Locations agency.

4. How to build a modern farm house

An introduction to a new series based on our self build journey at Modern Barn Farm

5. How to build a modern farm house – the three most expensive items

The second in my series charting the journey from complete self build novices to modern farm house self builders.

6. Thinking about listing our shepherd’s hut on Airbnb

The first in a series charting our journey to becoming farm hosts on Airbnb at Modern Barn Farm

7. Getting ready to share our shepherd’s hut on Airbnb

The second in our series sharing more details of our plans as we get our shepherd’s hut ready to host our first guests.

8. A day at River Cottage with Muck Boot

I was lucky enough to be invited to River Cottage back in 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Muck Boot, learning how to cook over fire in the process.

9. Q&A: Martin and Hazel Tkalez – Pevensey Cheese Company

An in-depth Q&A with the founders of Pevensey Cheese Company, an exciting cheese making venture in East Sussex.

10. Cook book review: For the love of the land

I reviewed a wonderful cook book celebrating British farmers and food makers across the UK.