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Hannah Binns Q&A

Hannah Binns Q&A


Read what young farmer Hannah Binns had to say about why she got into farming:

Why/how did you get into farming? How long have you been in farming.

I’m extremely proud to say that farming has been in the family for many generations, both on my mum and dad’s side! I grew up on a working hill sheep farm in Downham, Lancashire and like all family farms helped my parents with a variety of tasks which has fuelled my interest in agriculture. It wasn’t until moving away to a city university that I realised what an unique childhood I had!

What is your favourite thing about farming?

For me, it’s the variety! No two working days are the same and I love that. Sure, you have routines and daily chores but there is always something unexpected that crops up, such as a gate being left open and the sheep wandering onto the village green, or the trailer tyre deflating whilst trying to turn sheep and lambs out! It’s all about being flexible and able to adapt to unexpected situations - which I love!

Your least favourite thing about farming?

The weather! Nature is a cruel mistress and nothing is worse in lambing time that cold, wet and windy weather!

As for summer, it’s a constant monitoring of weather reports to decide whether we risk cutting the grass or hold off ... and it’s inevitable it’ll rain once we do!

What achievement are you most proud of?

During my first year at university I did a 15,000FT tandem skydive for R.A.B.I. I hated every single second. But I managed to raise £832 for local North West Farmers which made it all worthwhile. Next time I’m definitely holding a bake sale where I can keep my feet firmly on the ground!

Why should we buy British produce?

The UK has some of the highest animal welfare and environmental standards in the world - this means we produce some fantastic high quality goods!

Not only is it more sustainable to purchase locally sourced produce, such as British lamb/ beef or milk from the nearby dairy, it supports and recognises our hardworking British farmers!

It’s about time Britain backed British farming.

How do you think we should be promoting British?

Personally I believe we need to be reconnecting consumers with the provenance of their food!

Going to a non-ag university has made me aware of this growing disconnect and it is vital we educate and inform consumers about the farm to fork process. It’s why schemes like FaceTime a Farmer and Open Farm Sunday are crucial in opening up a dialogue between producers and consumers.

Additionally, we should be championing our farmers and growers, highlighting the fantastic work they do on a daily basis to provide the food on our plate, regardless of dietary requirements.

What will you be having for dinner tonight?

  • Home reared lamb chops, British potatoes (mashed) peas and gravy - along with gran’s homemade mint sauce. 


  • For pudding my speciality homemade lemon cheesecake - a recipe that has been passed down from my Auntie Margaret and which will remain within the family! 
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    What are the 3 main things you like to achieve in the next 10 years?

    The first would be to continue blogging and gain a strong following. I have my own blog (http://hannahbinns.blog) where I document my adventures on the farm and beyond. It’s a chance for me to engage with audiences both within and outside the ag industry about farming and promote the hard work our industry does! I really enjoy writing it and sharing my experiences - I just hope people enjoy reading it as much!

    The second thing would be to travel the world - cliched I know! I have always been a massive history nerd so in particular would love to explore places with historical architecture, such as Petra in Jordon or Ostia in Italy! To be honest, anywhere with a castle is good enough for me.

    The third would be to get more experience with cows. Despite both my mum and dad’s side having dairy herds, I have had very little experience with cows. I would love to have my own herd of Belted Galloways one day, I think they are such a fantastic native breed and would suit Pendle Hill’s terrain nicely - if only I can get dad persuaded!

    How would you like British food to be described in 10 years time?

    I would like to see British food described as affordable, tasty, fresh and sustainable by the majority of the British public and for it to become the nation’s favourite!