Are robots creating our dinner? Can we really rely on Jeremy Clarkson for the future of farming? Can our cows single-hoofedly destroy the climate?
Vencomatic UK employees Rebecca Wilson and Lizzie McLaughlin, from Yorkshire and Teesside, have taken the challenge to answer these questions.
The NEW podcast, ‘Boots and Heels – In Our Shoes’, aims to empower, educate and encourage people to join and engage with the agricultural industry at a time when British agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges but also unprecedented opportunities.
The first episode was released on Friday 26th February 2021 which introduces Becca and Lizzie, their backgrounds, and how they found themselves working in the agricultural industry today. Since the release, they have proved themselves popular with farmers and the public alike, with a fresh take on where our food really comes from.
Why Boots and Heels?
The aim of the podcast is to show that no background should be a barrier to interacting with farming. Becca states, ‘We think that there are so many opportunities for both employment and fulfilment within agriculture, but not everyone will feel that they have the right skill set or upbringing to get involved.’
‘We also noticed a gap in the podcast sector that lacked not just a female voice but the perspective of those outside of farming. We’re hoping that we can add a fresh approach to the industry and bring an array of demographics together to appreciate the farming world’
Becca grew up on a farm and has always been involved with both livestock and arable, but Lizzie’s first taste of agriculture was when she started working for Vencomatic UK three years ago. So, the name… where did that spark from? Well, you’ll find Becca in her boots whenever she can, and Lizzie in the office with her heels and both are keen to share their passion for the industry through their shoes.
In response to the question of what she wants to achieve with Boots and Heels, Lizzie said that ‘the podcast made me reflect on how we can have a distorted picture of agriculture, viewing it through a lens. In truth, there’s so much to learn about the relationship between farming and our food, as well as the fact that agriculture doesn’t have to be limited to traditional stereotypes.’
She goes on, “We hope to cover a wide range of topical issues, include exciting interviews and engage not just those in the industry, but the general public too’.
The First Episode:
Series one, Episode one focuses introduces Becca and Lizzie with an insight into their routes into agriculture. They also explore the relevant topic of walking your dog on a leash- an important matter especially during the lambing season.
Future episodes of the podcast will feature interviews with some special guests and debates on current affairs. You can listen to their podcast on most platforms including Spotify.
The pair are also keen for people from all walks of life to get involved and encourage you to get in contact with your thoughts or suggestions on their social media.
Instagram @ BootsandHeels_