At the back of the house there is a room that originally would have been the ‘summer kitchen’. It would have had a sink, a dirt floor, a fire or oven, little else. It would have been used for cooking in the hot, dry summer months as a way of keeping the main house cool.
Locavore spoke to David Corrie-Close about the idea of farming with nature, of allowing the land to find its own identity, and of the advantages of native breeds.
Monica Griesbaum and her family grow organic tea and tisanes on Windy Hollow Farm in Perthshire, Scotland. They see their crop as a part of the local ecosystem, a system they encourage and nurture as they nurture themselves.
The Ethical Dairy has embarked on a series of visits and events to raise awareness of their Cow-with-Calf dairying model, starting with hosting an innovation visit of forty researchers and scientists last week.
The giant puffball is a true beauty. In the meadows and on the hillsides in high hazy summer, they pop up in ones, twos, threes, sometimes in vast numbers. Coming across a ring of these fantastical mushrooms in a field, or spotting them from afar on the other side of a valley, is exciting and a little otherworldly.
Locavore spoke to Stuart Woodman about wild yeasts, the terroir of beer, and knowing when to intervene and when to let nature do her thing.
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Peter and Henri Greig founded Pipers Farm as a reaction to the way in which industrialised farming was beginning to destroy local food systems. As farmers, they had become increasingly uncomfortable with how food was being produced.
After farming healthy pastures in New Zealand, and a high hill farm in Wensleydale where nature ruled, they returned to the small mixed farm in Kent where Peter had been brought up.
An early lesson I learned when I began foraging was this: there is a difference between “you can eat it” and “you should eat it”. Depending on your tolerance for bitterness, hairiness, or astringency, there are some wild foods that…
Lennox Hastie is fascinated by fire. He is the chef and owner of Firedoor in Sydney, Australia’s only fully wood-fuelled restaurant. Lennox spent his early career working at Michelin Star restaurants across the UK, France and Spain. Having grown captivated by…