Last Updated: Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:46

BBC Countryfile

The Long Read

Is organic farming an elitist fad or can it help provide a sustainable future for our farming industry? Editor Fergus Collins met head of the Soil Association and champion of the organic movement Helen Browning.


Last Updated: Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:46

Swindon Advertiser

The third annual pig racing championships in Bishopstone went off without a hitch as the Royal Oak was bathed in sunlight yesterday.


Last Updated: Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:46

Cotswold Life

Peter O’Sullevan would have loathed it! The village of Bishopstone in Wiltshire, already inundated with ley lines, watercress beds and old motorbikes, is presenting the third running of The Queen’s Pig Racing Handicap, yearling trials, on Sunday May 25.


Last Updated: Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:46

Wiltshire Business

Wiltshire organic meat producer Helen Browning’s Organic has increased its online presence with a new listing by nationwide organic delivery service Abel & Cole.

The eponymous brand’s range of Hot Dogs, Speedy Sausages and bacon are now available to Abel & Cole’s customers and will represent the first gluten-free sausage to be offered by the delivery service.


Last Updated: Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:46

Farmers Weekly Interactive

Helen Browning’s organic speedy sausages, frankfurters and bacon are well-known to supermarket shoppers, but until recently the fresh pork has only been available in the local pub in Bishopstone, near the farm.

A party was held at the pub to celebrate the end of the summer and to kickstart Organic September, and for the first time consumers can now order the fresh pork online, through the organic delivery service, Riverford Organics.


Last Updated: Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:46

The Guardian

The best food is a human right”, says Soil Association director

Striding up the hill towards her pigs, which have been farrowing for the last couple of months, Helen Browning looks so comfortable it's hard to imagine her in a committee room in Westminster, or hunched in front of a computer in the offices of the Soil Association.



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Bishopstone is about 8 miles east of Swindon, 10 miles west of Wantage. In the village is a large duckpond. If the pond is on the right, the next lane on the left is Cues Lane. The Royal Oak is 50 yards down there on the right. The car park is beyond it and round the back.

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