An organic farmer wades into the muck of the legality of on-farm weddings, because ultimately it’s about food

The weather. The most memorable aspect of the 2015 growing season must be the weather. Although to be honest, at this point it’s little more than a remote impression consisting mainly of heat, flies and forest fire smoke. As always, it seems the minute the snow flies and the kale freezes I have trouble recalling … Continue reading An organic farmer wades into the muck of the legality of on-farm weddings, because ultimately it’s about food

Pemberton’s favourite farmer strikes again: Anna Helmer wants you to whack some weeds, by hand, even if you’re worn out. Even then.

Well here it is: the annual sinking feeling that the overly-worshipped scales of work-life balance are tilted heavily to the side of stress, over-work, and bone-tiredness. Pretty certain the situation is not unique to farming and no-one requires elaboration on the actual sensations? If by some chance you don’t know what I am talking about, … Continue reading Pemberton’s favourite farmer strikes again: Anna Helmer wants you to whack some weeds, by hand, even if you’re worn out. Even then.

Guest post: Slow Food Cycle’s retiring co-founder Anna Helmer gets excited about actually riding this year

She doesn't have a column in the Question anymore, but Anna Helmer keeps getting voted one of Pemberton's favourite writers, so I offered her some space on the Wellness Almanac. Knowing that so many people appreciate her witty wordcraft, I'm stoked that 1. she agreed, 2. she whipped off this piece on the forthcoming Slow … Continue reading Guest post: Slow Food Cycle’s retiring co-founder Anna Helmer gets excited about actually riding this year

Seasonal Observations: a monster Marigold with seeds worth saving

This May, at the Women’s Institute Plant Sale, I picked up one of Anna Helmer’s marigold starts. I have managed to keep it alive, despite the toddler’s attempts to eat it, deluge-water it, and dig it up. And it is now a monster of blooms and vigour – nothing like the tragic little marigolds one … Continue reading Seasonal Observations: a monster Marigold with seeds worth saving

Event: Anna Helmer features at Museum’s Tea and Tales

Pemberton celebrity farmer and newspaper columnist Anna Helmer will be the guest speaker this Tuesday at the Museum's summer Tea and Tales. taking time out from shepherding fields of potatoes into life to chat about modern farming. Tea & Tales runs every Tuesday from July 10th, 2012 through until August 21st, 2012  from 2pm to … Continue reading Event: Anna Helmer features at Museum’s Tea and Tales