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Time to speak

Watching your teenager fly the nest as they head off to university is a moment of great pride for most parents. But it is also likely to come with some concerns - how will they cope with the work? Are they safe in their student accommodation? Will they survive Freshers' Week?

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Where would we be without modern household appliances? Imagine still having to do the washing using a dolly tub and mangle or washing every plate and cup by hand without the luxury of putting them in what my uncle used to call ‘the dirty pot cupboard’.

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NFU Mutual and The Telegraph newspaper present a celebration of rural culture and its influence on lifestyles in towns and villages across the UK.

No matter how big or small your plot of land is, there are fresh, home-grown crops for every type of garden. Caroline Bretherton, the author of The Allotment Cookbook Through the Year shares simple ways to grow your own produce.

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Much like collectors of fine art, antiques, wine and collectables, as someone who is a fashion enthusiast I understand what it means to be passionate about those all-important (and very much essential) investments … handbags, clothes, shoes and accessories.

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There is something magical about planting a seed and watching it grow into something edible: it’s an experience which nourishes not only the body but the soul. It’s also a low-cost way to feed your family and teach your children about the origins of food and you don’t need acres and acres of land to experience the benefits that growing your own vegetables brings. Even the smallest garden or roof terrace can support some ‘home-grown produce’ and I’ve even heard of vegetables and herbs being grown in window boxes and vertical planters in the heart of the city.

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Andrea Hughes

Fertile Minds

Posted by on 16/09/2016

NFU Mutual are the proud sponsors of Fertile Minds, the first of a series of one-day events run by Farmer’s Weekly, on Friday 14th October at The Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria.

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