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Kathleen Carragher visits the Stranraer Oyster Festival to find out how Scotland's last remaining wild native oyster fishery, in Loch Ryan, has survived and why numbers are now flourishing.   A 20 minute documentary for BBC Radio 4's On Your Farm Broadcast November 2023   Presenter:  Kathleen Carragher Audio Archive:  Lorna Young, Indigo Words Audio Engineer: Suzy Robbins Producer:  John Deering     [audio mp3="https://www.yamal.co.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/On-Your-Farm_Loch-Ryan_TX-121123-v2_.mp3"][/audio]  ...

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Ever since Syrian refugee Wejdan Ghazal and her son, Hussain, moved to Northern Ireland, she's dreamed of having some land of her own to grow fruit and vegetables.  She's from a rural background and misses working on a farm.  Recently she's come a bit closer towards fulfilling that ambition through the help of a charity which has established, Seedbed, a community vegetable project, near Strangford...

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Helen Mark hears how ancient Irish stone circles have inspired 21st century star gazers.   A 25 minute documentary for BBC Radio 4's Open Country series Broadcast August 2023   Presenter:   Helen Mark Audio Engineer:  Ilse Lademann Executive Producer:  John Deering Producer:  Kathleen Carragher     [audio mp3="https://www.yamal.co.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/OC-Stone-circle-tx-bounce-v2.mp3"][/audio]...

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Sheila Dillon meets a celebrity game chef, a deer stalker and a group of high school burger makers who are promotiong wild venison as a sustainable, affordable meat choice. A 30 minute documentary for BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme Broadcast July 2023   Presenter:     Sheila Dillon Audio Engineer:  Suzy Robbins Executive Producer:  John Deering Producer:  Kathleen Carragher     [audio mp3="https://www.yamal.co.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/FP-Venison-Long-Mix-01.mp3"][/audio]    ...

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Karen Patterson finds out how a Northern Irish farming couple are reviving and investigating new uses for the flax plant – once, one of Northern Ireland's most important crops. A 20 minute documentary for BBC Radio 4's On Your Farm Broadcast May 2023   Presenter:  Karen Patterson Audio Engineer:  Suzy Robbins Executive Producer:  John Deering Producer:  Kathleen Carragher     [audio mp3="https://www.yamal.co.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/OYF_A-Future-for-Flax-Mix.mp3"][/audio]        ...

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Helen Keys is a farmer of many parts. She and her husband, Charlie, are trying to revive NI's flax growing industry on their farm in County Tyrone.  She's Northern Ireland's vice chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network; she's an entrepreneurial adviser to agricultural students and she's also the creator of a website called Source Grow.  She told Karen Patterson how it works. A report for...

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Debbie Gillies is on a mission to save Ireland's native wild seeds. She did a training course at Kew's Millenium Seed Bank, in 2016, to help establish True Harvest Seeds, a charity she runs with fellow experts and volunteers, near Strangford in Country Down. Sean McDermott and colleagues look after the gardens at L'Arche care community, in East Belfast. They've made several trips to Strangford to...

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In recent years Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has introduced measures limiting the size of brown crabs which can be landed. Now it has gone further, banning fishermen from catching immature soft shelled crabs. Brian Chambers is a founder member of the Sea Source co-operative, based at Kilkeel Harbour, in County Down. He was involved in the negotiations over the new rules....

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From the Ulster Fry to Ethiopian takeaways; Jaega Wise explores how the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process has helped transform Northern Ireland's food culture over the past 25 years. A 30 minute documentary for BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme Broadcast  April 2023   Presenter:  Jaega Wise Consultant: Joris Minne Audio Engineer: Suzy Robins Executive Producer: John Deering Producer: Kathleen Carragher   [audio mp3="https://www.yamal.co.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/FP-GFA-LONG-PROG-MIX-1.mp3"][/audio]        ...

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A celebration of the life and songs of Carolina Oliphant, a contemporary of Robbie Burns, who kept her songwriting success a secret all her life and whose work is often mistakenly attrributed to the national bard.  Helen Mark uncovers her story and finds out how her songs crossed the 'Narrow Sea' to become an integral part of Ulster Scots popular musical tradition. A 60 min documentary...

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