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Sam Gray - articles written for Country Smallholding Magazine

I've been lucky enough to write bi-monthly articles for the UK's best selling smallholding magazine since 2016. Similar to a blog format they may be read in date order below. Many thanks, Sam x

Piglet Love (December Issue)

Becoming familiar with the sweet smell of Lactol puppy milk was not something I ever anticipated in my time as a smallholder. We don’t have dogs let alone puppies so it never occurred to me that one day my welly boots would be covered in the stuff.

Date: 30th November 2018


Near Drought (October issue)

It has finally broken, at least temporarily. The wind and rain are blowing and hammering down in such gusts that all corners of the farm are getting a much needed soak. It’s the first downpour in months so it may be no surprise that water, or the lack of, has dominated every aspect of smallholding life since I wrote last. There have been two definite stages to this near-drought at the farm, the first was all about the animals, the second included the rest of us.It has finally broken, at least temporarily. The wind and rain are blowing and hammering down in such gusts that all corners of the farm are getting a much needed soak. It’s the first downpour in months so it may be no surprise that water, or the lack of, has dominated every aspect of smallholding life since I wrote last. There have been two definite stages to this near-drought at the farm, the first was all about the animals, the second included the rest of us.

Date: 1st September 2018


From Hemlock to Hogweed (August 2018 issue)

It’s gone half-past-nine in the evening and I find myself still weeding in and around the vegetable patch. The endless tangle of bindweed and ground elder roots appear to glow in the fading light.

Date: 1st August 2018


It's all in the flavour (June 2018 issue)

Impressing visitors at the Field to Fork Festival

Date: 25th June 2018


As one door closes....(April 2018 issue)

The minute the vet opened the gate to his pen, Jack recognised his smell. The same vet had visited him when he was just a young boar, no more than eight months old. He had contracted some kind of unidentifiable virus at the time and after a painful shot of antibiotics, made a full recovery. This time, however, was different. 

Date: 14th April 2018


Farming in Snow! (March 2018 issue)

It was early February 2009 when we first heard of Middle Farm coming on to the market. At a 1000 feet above sea level and 200 feet above the snow line, it was, unsurprisingly that winter, covered in several feet of snow. It looked absolutely stunning. Despite the cold, ice and copious white stuff, our enthusiasm for starting a new life running a smallholding was not to be quashed. How hard could it be?

Date: 5th February 2018


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