Farming is Magic video: ‘The Wonders of Worms’

Worms. PHOTO: IAN BURT

Worms. PHOTO: IAN BURT - Credit: IAN BURT

A series of four new films have been published online to educate and inspire people about the 'magic' of farming.

An increasing interest among consumers about where their food comes from creates a valuable window for learning about agriculture.

But a pair of Norfolk-based farming education enthusiasts felt opportunities to educate people through farm visits, walks or agricultural talks, were going to waste.

So they came up with the idea of Farming is Magic, a collection of films which offer tips and techniques, from how tractors work to how bumble bees can help in growing tomatoes.

The films are the brainchild of Susie Emmett, a BBC World Service broadcaster who now travels the globe as an agricultural videographer with her company Green Shoots Productions, and David Jones, farm manager at Morley Farms near Wymondham,


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The collection aims to educate people of all ages about farming as well as providing inspiration for farmers on how to help people better understand the industry.

Now the collection has four new films which looks at grain production, the importance of worms, how to fight bad bugs on your carrots and how farmers can better emphasise the link between food production and food consumption.

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The new films are supported by The Morley Agricultural Foundation in Norfolk and by the Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust in Suffolk – two organisations which believe that educating people about farming is the key to inspiring the next generation to consider careers in the farming sector.

Mrs Emmett, who lives on her family's farm at Oxborough, near Swaffham, said: 'Farming is full of amazing facts. But unless farmers are good, every time they have the chance, to explain farming then the connection between society and this wonderful business of farming will not be fully understood, let alone appreciated.'

The Wonders of Worms

The Wonders of Worms looks at the role played by the UK's 27 species of earthworm in farming. Despite their size, worms have a huge impact in creating healthy, fertile soil. In fact, one worm can produce 4.5 kilos of worm casts a year, containing ten times as many nutrients as the surrounding soil. Scientist Hazel Fielding, soils and farming systems technician at NIAB TAG, who features in the film, said she feels the video is a valuable way to help farmers explain food production in more depth.

She said: 'I wanted to be in a Farming is Magic film on worms because I think that the videos are amazing and really demonstrate to farmers how to explain farming.

'It's been really fun to do. The film has come out really well. Hopefully it will give farmers ideas of how to explain how worms are beneficial to their soil and what farmers do to keep their soils healthy. Worms are an indicator of soil health so the more worms the better.'

More of the new Farming is Magic videos will be posted here on www.edp24.co.uk in the coming days.

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