100,000 SUBS GIVEAWAY!

While 100,000 subscribers on Youtube means nothing nowadays where you have channels with tens of millions, it still feels like a milestone worth celebrating up here on our little farm in the middle of nowhere. Especially for someone who never intended to be a...
FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: KYLIE MAGNER

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: KYLIE MAGNER

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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AUGUST AERIAL FARM TOUR

AUGUST AERIAL FARM TOUR

Time for the August aerial tour! New additions you’ll notice are my daughter Grace, who’s visiting from England, and one of the three tipis we recently acquired to use for holiday rentals. The red roof on our house will btw soon be only a memory, as I’ll (finally!) be...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MICHAEL WALSH

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MICHAEL WALSH

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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TRAMPLED GRASS IS NOT WASTED GRASS

TRAMPLED GRASS IS NOT WASTED GRASS

Today we’re gonna have a look at our pastures, and I’ll explain why trampling down grass when we’re grazing with mixed livestock is not a waste of resources. It’s actually investing into the future, into the carbon bank of the farm, and it’s what formulates the bottom...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MATT SWARBRICK

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MATT SWARBRICK

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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MICROBES ARE THE BASIS OF ALL OUR FARM PRODUCTIONS…

MICROBES ARE THE BASIS OF ALL OUR FARM PRODUCTIONS…

In this video I’m talking to an old friend of mine, Jo Carey from 59 Degrees. Joe's excited about soil microbiology and compost making. Working as an arborist, Jo encountered tree health problems that he didn’t know how to solve, which led him to study soil...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: RICHARD PARK

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: RICHARD PARK

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: JOEL RODKER

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: JOEL RODKER

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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HOW REAL FOOD GETS FROM FARM TO FORK

HOW REAL FOOD GETS FROM FARM TO FORK

Ridgedale has become one of the most renowned regenerative agriculture farms and training centres in Europe. We demonstrate a bunch of solutions, e.g. pasture raised livestock moved daily onto fresh forage, agroforestry, Keyline design, slaughtering on-farm, meeting...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MATTHEW LIVINGSTON

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MATTHEW LIVINGSTON

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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STARTING LIFE’S WORK AT 70

STARTING LIFE’S WORK AT 70

Perhaps you remember Roger, whom I interviewed a few years back when he attended a training here at the farm? Many people have expressed finding his story inspirational, and so today I wanted to post a webinar Roger sent me that he did with the 3LM Network (the Savory...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: ANDREW WOOF

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: ANDREW WOOF

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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JULY AT THE FARM: WALK AND TALK

JULY AT THE FARM: WALK AND TALK

The farm is quiet again now that the training participants have headed home, and I felt like taking you on a stroll round the farm. Everything is nice and lush this year thanks to lots of rainfall. We’ll look at compost, the market gardens, berries, windbreaks, nut...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: CHARLES DOWDING

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: CHARLES DOWDING

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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JULY AERIAL FLYBY (ANOTHER WEEK GONE BY)

JULY AERIAL FLYBY (ANOTHER WEEK GONE BY)

The past ten days have been extremely busy and exhausting and amazing, running our Farm Scale Permaculture Design Course here at the farm, then slaughtering the last batch of broilers. Today’s video features footage from these events, as well as the July edition of...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: ADAM SAYNER

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: ADAM SAYNER

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: SARA KNAPP & ORFEAS FISCHER

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: SARA KNAPP & ORFEAS FISCHER

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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GRAZING AROUND AGAIN…

GRAZING AROUND AGAIN…

People are arriving from all over to participate in our Farm Scale Permaculture Design Course and we’re very much looking forward to it. Meanwhile the veg and the animals are doing their thing. We still haven’t cut haylage because it’s been too wet, and this affects...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MORENO DE MEIJERE

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MORENO DE MEIJERE

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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PACKING PASTURED BROILERS

PACKING PASTURED BROILERS

In order for an enterprise to be succesful, all workflows must be set up to be performed as quickly as possible. And so to have our pastured broiler enterprise be as profitable as possible, we’ve not only built our own on-farm slaughter facility but also carefully...

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PROCESSING BROILERS – IT’S THAT DAY OF THE WEEK AGAIN…

PROCESSING BROILERS – IT’S THAT DAY OF THE WEEK AGAIN…

This year chicken slaughter has been planned around when I’d be on the farm, as I was supposed to spend most of the season on the road, touring Europe to document the reg ag scene. That means we get a bigger difference in weight than usually, but because we have...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE:  VIVIAN GLOVER

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: VIVIAN GLOVER

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE:  JORG BOHMER

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: JORG BOHMER

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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BEAUTIFUL VEG AND PASTURE – ENJOYING THE RAIN AT LAST…

BEAUTIFUL VEG AND PASTURE – ENJOYING THE RAIN AT LAST…

After the dry start to the year, we’ve enjoyed a good amount of rain in the last couple of weeks. The grass is over the cow’s backs and beautiful veg is coming out of the garden. We have a surplus of salads because restaurants are still closed and our private customer...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: DENIS MORSOMME

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: DENIS MORSOMME

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: FLORIAN BONENFANT

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: FLORIAN BONENFANT

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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NEW CHICKS, EXTENDED IRRIGATION AND NEW TENTS…

NEW CHICKS, EXTENDED IRRIGATION AND NEW TENTS…

As is suitable for a diversified farm, a diverse bunch of items have arrived in the last couple of days: this year's last batch of baby broilers; some new packing crates for veg; pipe and fitting that will make irrigating the market garden so much easier; and tents...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: JAKE ELDRIDGE

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: JAKE ELDRIDGE

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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A FARM WALK AND TALK

A FARM WALK AND TALK

I thought I’d take you on a tour around the farm on this wonderful rainy day. Lots of different veg is ready or almost ready to ship, animals are thriving, wildlife is abundant, trees are growing nicely, and everything just has an overall lush feeling after the much...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MAGNUS ERIKKSON

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MAGNUS ERIKKSON

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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NO DIG/NO TILL: KEEP THE EDGES CLEAN!

NO DIG/NO TILL: KEEP THE EDGES CLEAN!

In today's episode I wanted to talk about the area at the edge of the market garden; maintaining the edges is not often talked about, and I like the way we manage it...You'll also get a peak of our chicken-powered grass and of how midsummer is celebrated here in...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: BRAM BOMBEEK

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: BRAM BOMBEEK

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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WE STARTED A REVOLUTION FROM A TENT!

WE STARTED A REVOLUTION FROM A TENT!

Today we put up the yurts (well, technically gers) at the farm. It's always a special day when we put these beautiful structures up, there is something just so elegant and pleasing with their design, which has remained unchanged for over 1000 years. It's fun to think...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: SANDRO WENS (BE)

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: SANDRO WENS (BE)

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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500 CHICKENS IN A PEN: FIRST MOVE IN OUR ROLLER PEN

500 CHICKENS IN A PEN: FIRST MOVE IN OUR ROLLER PEN

Today is a quick video documenting the very first move of 500 broilers in our roller pens. These birds are around 35 days old, so used to daily moves in Salatin pens, but I thought you might like to see what their first move in a strange new configuration was like: it...

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JUNE AERIAL FARM TOUR

JUNE AERIAL FARM TOUR

It’s now mid-June and things have been growing like crazy with the spell of warm weather we’ve had, so I thought it was about time we did another aerial flyover in order for you to see how much has changed since the one we did in early May. I hope you'll enjoy getting...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MICHEL KEGELS (GROENHARTIG, NL)

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: MICHEL KEGELS (GROENHARTIG, NL)

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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BUILDING A FARM AND SOLVING GLOBAL ISSUES

BUILDING A FARM AND SOLVING GLOBAL ISSUES

Today’s post is a re-posting of a recent interview I did with Micha Busch of Business Podcast Groningen. I think you’ll find our conversation about the wider space around regenerative agriculture and the state of agriculture in the world today interesting. You can...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: SANDER LEROY

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: SANDER LEROY

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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NO-DIG MARKET GARDEN UPDATE

NO-DIG MARKET GARDEN UPDATE

I figured it was high time I gave you a proper update on the market gardens. Things are starting to pop, insect pressure is so far low and sales are going well despite (and partly because of) covid-19. I’ll take you on a tour through the garden, point out some changes...

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FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: NO-DIG CSA KRAUTGAART, LUXEMBOURG

FARM LIKE A HERO EXPERIENCE: NO-DIG CSA KRAUTGAART, LUXEMBOURG

The Farm Like a Hero Experience is our 2020 special live event, running from June to November. You’ll discover Europe’s blossoming regenerative agriculture scene, learn from 70+ of the continent’s best farmers, get your questions answered by me (Richard Perkins) and...

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LOW COST DIY ROLL AWAY NEST BOXES

LOW COST DIY ROLL AWAY NEST BOXES

We’ve built our own low-cost roll away nest boxes that we use in our egg-mobiles in the summer and in the polytunnel during winter. I’ve had a lot of questions about how they’re made, so I dug into the archive to find footage of the construction process and give you...

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MATTHEW & PARETO: DON’T BELIEVE IN SUSTAINABILITY

MATTHEW & PARETO: DON’T BELIEVE IN SUSTAINABILITY

I've always been fascinated by pattern languages. It's what my work is largely concerned with. Today I've been reflecting on things I wrote in two of the chapters of my book, after a conversation with someone with a very different perspective on life.Join the...

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HEADING WEST: A FARM UPDATE AND COASTAL TRIP WITH RAGNAR

HEADING WEST: A FARM UPDATE AND COASTAL TRIP WITH RAGNAR

First an update from the farm where we have the youngest broilers ever out on grass, and then I'm taking you on a rock pooling + fishing adventure on Sweden's west coast! I've also made you a free mini course that will help you get the fundamentals of your farm right....

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SMOKING CHICKENS AND MOVING COWS

SMOKING CHICKENS AND MOVING COWS

Today we're smoking this year's first batch of chickens. Smoking is a process that needs precision, and you'll have to work out the particulars for your setup trough trial. We first learnt from a local with 50+ years of experience and you can find an older episode...

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BIRDS DONE, TOMATOES OUT, A BIG WEEK…

BIRDS DONE, TOMATOES OUT, A BIG WEEK…

It's been a big week! The first batch of broilers has been slaughtered and packed, and it's finally been warm enough to get the tomatoes out in the greenhouse. Egg production is getting going, the new chicks are growing well, salad crops are doing great this year,...

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THE BEST WAY TO EVISCERATE CHICKENS

THE BEST WAY TO EVISCERATE CHICKENS

Here at Ridgedale, we operate Europe’s cheapest approved slaughter facility. Today is the first slaughter of the year, and we’re going to try something new; weight-categorising the birds into five categories in the chiller in order to facilitate easeful packing. Tune...

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A FLERD, SOME VEG AND NEW CHICKS

A FLERD, SOME VEG AND NEW CHICKS

It's been a few years, but we finally have a flerd (cows and sheep together) again. It's way easier to care for them as one group rather than two. The second batch of chicks has arrived, and we're getting the slaughtery ready to cull the first batch next week. The...

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REST, PLAY AND WORK

REST, PLAY AND WORK

Glorious spring is here, and this video is a mishmash of fun and relaxing times as well as hard work from the past week. We've finally fixed the hot tub that was gifted to us by the digger-driver when we made the pond, and all I can say is; get one! Some of the week's...

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TESTING PAPERPOT PLANTERS

TESTING PAPERPOT PLANTERS

Today we’re doing a test run of the Curly’s Planter Pro, which is available in Australia and the U.S. as an alternative to the Japanese Paperpot Transplanter, which was made 45 years ago. A paperpot transplanter radically cuts the time spent on transplanting, and...

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500 REKO RINGS ACROSS SCANDINAVIA!

500 REKO RINGS ACROSS SCANDINAVIA!

What started out as one Finnish farmer trying to find a way to sell his own produce has revolutionized B2C sales for Scandinavian farmers. There are now REKO 500 rings in the region. Here at Ridgedale we've helped set up the 3 rings in our local area, and many of my...

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AERIAL TOUR MAY 2020

AERIAL TOUR MAY 2020

People often ask me for an overview of the farm, and while I've given one on earlier occasions, I thought we might do something new this year. I'll do an aerial fly-over of the farm various times throughout the season, probably monthly, so you can see the seasonal...

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THIS IS HOW REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE WORKS

THIS IS HOW REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE WORKS

This is a recording of a 1-hour presentation I gave at the 2019 Oxford Real Farming Conference on how to make small farms work. I give an overview of our primary enterprises with a focus on facts, figures and numbers - something that is not much talked about but is...

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WEED FREE MARKET GARDENING

WEED FREE MARKET GARDENING

We pride ourselves on having one of the tidiest market gardens I’ve ever seen. But it’s not luck; it’s down to careful planning and correct management of our No-Dig system. Today we’ll have a look at how to achieve a weed free market garden by avoiding tilling and...

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SEEDING 12,000 SEEDS PER HOUR

SEEDING 12,000 SEEDS PER HOUR

While our house is currently in total disrepair (e.g. we have no kitchen), the seeding show must go on! We’ve re-arranged the lean-to greenhouse to accommodate a new addition to our setup that's going to radically reduce the amount of time we spend seeding; the...

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MAKE A CITY WAGE FROM A SMALL FARM

MAKE A CITY WAGE FROM A SMALL FARM

Why aren’t more people making a full-time living farming on their homesteads? The homesteading movement is huge compared to the amount of people going into regenerative agriculture. However, once you have, say, a flock of chickens, it’s not much extra work to have a...

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HOW TO RUN A PROFITABLE PASTURED POULTRY BUSINESS

HOW TO RUN A PROFITABLE PASTURED POULTRY BUSINESS

A layer enterprise is a really easeful one in terms of the workload. It's also reasonably profitable, it's great in terms of ecosystem benefits, and it's a product that it's generally easy to find buyers for. Today, I’ll take you to see the birds out on the pasture...

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BUILDING A WORKING FARM IN 5 MONTHS

BUILDING A WORKING FARM IN 5 MONTHS

I’ve made it to Denmark, where I’m visiting Michel’s farm, which he’s running with Anders and Kathrine. Michel has been one of my favourite farm managers ever, and Anders and Kathrine are both highly skilled workers with an amazing work ethic. I can’t think of a...

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MAKING AWESOME AEROBIC COMPOST – FAST!

MAKING AWESOME AEROBIC COMPOST – FAST!

Today we’re making compost out of green material (relatively high in nitrogen), brown material (relatively high in carbon) and cow manure (high in nitrogen, too, but also microbes that act as kick-starters) that is put together in a layer cake. This bacterial compost...

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IS REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE PROFITABLE?

IS REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE PROFITABLE?

We hear a lot about gross profits in this space, but very little about return on investment and whole-farm economy. Today I want to show you the levels of production of our main enterprises here at Ridgedale to show you what it looks like to pay back the farm and all...

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HOW TO START A FARM WITH NO MONEY

HOW TO START A FARM WITH NO MONEY

Today I want to talk about how you can get into farming on a low initial investment and make profits in the first year. The farming landscape is changing as new ways to market and distribute makes it easier to get started. I’ll go over some points to consider.; 1:37...

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ROLLAWAY NEST BOXES GIVE CLEAN EGGS EVERY DAY

ROLLAWAY NEST BOXES GIVE CLEAN EGGS EVERY DAY

Having clean eggs every day is really important to us here, as you’re not allowed to clean eggs yourself in Europe. As with most things on this farm, we've gone with a simple, low-cost solution; homemade rollaway nest boxes. We use the same rollaway nest boxes...

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MARKET GARDEN TOOLS, PART 1

MARKET GARDEN TOOLS, PART 1

Here at Ridgedale, we use the No-Dig approach in our market gardens, along with the standardised bed sizes and made-to-fit tools developed largely thanks to Eliot Coleman and the arrival of innovative young market gardeners in America. We’ve been doing No-Dig for 3...

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