House rules

Our house rules

The River Cottage online community is crammed with amazing people who have created the most knowledgeable centre for cooks, gardeners, smallholders and campaigners on the web. 

We're proud of that.

But it's your community, not ours, and it's open to everyone. 

We want you to use it to share ideas, recipes, stories, experiences and issues, whether you're here for the first-time or an experienced user. We want you to inspire others with your passion, knowledge and experience in a safe and friendly environment. It is a lovely place for discussion, debate and sharing ideas, not somewhere for petty arguments and offensive postings.

There are a number of community moderators who monitor the forums, questions, blogs and recipes who report back to the River Cottage webteam when something isn't right.

River Cottage is a 'more than profit' company. We do not have an extensive webteam. Far from it. But we want discussion and ideas to flow freely, and in order for that to happen we ask our users to follow some simple house rules:

Play nicely

Manners don't cost anything. Racist, sexist, homophobic views are unacceptable. Threats and unfounded allegations against individuals or companies will be removed. Avoid using bad language and words which may cause offence. Spamming is prohibited. Only post content which is accurate, truthful and not misleading.

Personal profiles

We suggest you keep your profiles up-to-date and use your real name rather than a fake identity. You should avoid sharing personal information in public areas, such as phone numbers and emails addresses. Make sure you have the copyright permission if you're sharing specific content in our forums. Check out our privacy policy.

Share your ideas and experiences

Try to avoid using the community to simply advertise your goods and services. Instead tell us your story, and share your ideas. Get involved with the community members.

Support the moderators

Our fantastic moderators work hard to maintain this community and they have our full backing - their decision is final. Be nice, because they do it for the love of it. They are long-standing, respected members of the community and help us out in their own time. If you feel someone is behaving in an inappropriate way, then let one of them know. Hit 'report content' if you think we need to see something and we will act on this quickly. You can see the full list of moderators at the top of each forum. 

Talk to us

What can we do to make it better? We're not perfect. Drop us a note if you see something that's not right, or if you have an idea that will improve the community. We're always looking at ways to make things better, so your opinion counts. Feel free to criticise us, but do it in an accurate manner whereby we can make the relevant changes.

In using the River Cottage online community you accept our terms and conditions and agree to abide by our house rules.

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  • .@Eco_Gite It spreads like mad so not in the veg patch, better in a big pot, but it does take nearly a year to produce good sized roots.
  • . @Lou_la_may Default topping is a sprinkling of soft brown sugar but a trickle of runny honey is also great. #askHugh
  • .@trishaocf Could be your choice of flour or that your sd starter needs a feed up, take a good tblsp, feed it for a few days & start again.
  • . @bookslinger always lovely to hear that people are cooking from my books and enjoying the results! #askHugh
  • .@harrycornwall Cider is a good choice, I would choose a fairly dry one as the onions are quite sweet #AskHugh
  • . @_DjTC_ soon! Early Feb is good, provided you can keep them frost-free. A sunny window is good. #askHugh
  • .@IantheCW I'm all over the roots right now, big trays of them roasted and finished with a sprinkling of toasted seeds and spices #AskHugh
  • . @ACoSfChildren but it's so flat! Actually I do have a soft spot for Norfolk and it's been a while so who knows. #askHugh
  • .@rojob1 Yes, series 3 coming your way very soon and as ever Paul champions the sustainable approach to fish, veg and meat #AskHugh
  • . @missaniela really sorry but I'm not around for that one. I will be here for the Spring Food Fair in May... #askHugh
  • .@pupspigspoulets We said goodbye to our Oxford Sandy & Blacks before Christmas, they were fab! We like ringing the changes though. #AskHugh
  • . @bookslinger It's always a treat to be given other people's goodies. Of course I try them! #askHugh
  • .@GrowandEat That's a tough one to comment on without knowing the whole picture.
  • . @MyrtlesGarden there's a lovely potato gnocchi recipe in RC Veg and you could swap a GF flour in for the wheat flour. #askHugh
  • .@pickleshlee A good way to deliver vitamins and fibre but not to be drunk by the gallon as they are often quite high in sugar #AskHugh
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