Tales from the Farm – Before & After (so far!)

Since Mrs Jez and I moved from our suburban 3 bed semi to the farm back in November 2016, embarking on a journey to test my theories about how nature impacts human health, wellbeing and behaviour; and along the way going organic, so much has happened and changed: we moved into a plot of essentially...
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Tales from the Farm – Spring is here!

After a fair number of cloudy days, quite a bit of rain and some really strong winds, it looks like Spring is finally here. And that’s why I haven’t blogged from a few days because the weather at this time of the year really does dictate activity; juggling a busy writing and speaking schedule with...
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Going Organic! An Inspector Called

Behaviourist and broadcaster, Jez Rose, blogs about the process of achieving Soil Association Organic Certification for his Cambridgeshire farm and home to The Good Life Project. Irritable, soil-obsessed and socially awkward, the Soil Association inspector was not. Thankfully. I found myself getting a little bit stressed the morning of the inspection; double checking that there wasn’t...
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Tales from the Farm – A Little Bit of Cucumber

I cannot believe that having reached my thirties, I haven’t actually ever; as far as I can recall; grown anything from seed. How did that happen? Anyway, I rectified that this week and I’ve got something exciting to share with you, which could well cheer up your workplace, too. Mrs Jez, Zeus and Marley (the...
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Tales from the Farm – The Barn Before the Storm

Regular readers will know that to date, we have had our fair share of challenges with renovating the farm. We recently discovered that our water is not from a bore hole as previously told but from an artesian well; and has such a high iron content that it’s ruining sanitary ware and staining anything white...
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Tales from the Farm – Of Significant Scientific Interest

Our nearest largest town, Peterborough, is attempting to become the UK’s environmental capital. I’m still not quite sure what that means because we don’t have a food recycling bin collected (which is fine by me as I’ve become obsessed; and a little protective;  with making our own compost) and they don’t have a tram or...
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Tales from the Farm – Spud-We-Like

Having already filled two of the raised vegetable beds with lush, organic compost and loamy soil from the garden, today I planted the very first vegetables in them. I opted for King Edward potatoes, which I filled one of the beds with (one of the few vegetables that wasn’t organically sourced) and Longor shallots and...
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Going Organic! An Inspector Calls

Behaviourist and broadcaster, Jez Rose, blogs about the process of achieving Soil Association Organic Certification for his Cambridgeshire farm and home to The Good Life Project. This blog marks the first of many where I’ll be charting our journey to (hopefully) organic status as certified by the Soil Association. Although it’s connected, it is separate to...
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Tales from the Farm – not all sunshine and lollipops

You might be forgiven for thinking that it’s all sunshine and lollipops here on the farm;  buying a farm, moving to the countryside and setting up a research project does sound pretty idyllic and it often appears on people’s lists of things they dream of doing in life: giving up on the rat race and...
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Tales from the Farm – My Secret Compost Obsession

I’ve been spending a lot more time than usual hanging around the compost heap and just this past weekend, caught myself becoming perhaps a little too obsessive about things laying around the house and the garden; picking up strands of dog hair, tiny pieces of cardboard and separating the vegetable peelings and tea leaves. I’m...
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