Free help for farmers looking to add greater resilience to their farm
Find out how to build resilience into your farming business, enhance your farmed environment and adapt to climate and policy changes.
From 1 February 2024, livestock farmers in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be able to access the ‘Farm for the Future Programme’, delivered by Pasture for Life working with the Royal Countryside Fund.
The programme, funded by Defra’s Future Farm Resilience Fund, aims to help farmers improve the resilience of their business, enhance their farmed environment and adapt to climate and policy change.
Over the next six months, the Pasture for Life team will deliver a series of free interactive ruminant livestock workshops led by knowledgeable and inspiring facilitators. All will include time for farmer-to-farmer networking and learning, signposting and next-step planning.
The scheme will be launched at the Royal Agricultural University on 1 February 2024 with talks from a university academic and Pasture for Life’s head of research Nikki Yoxall, speaking on alternative farming practices for improving sustainability.
This event will be followed up in March with two half day workshops focussing on using regenerative principles to enhance the farm business and the environment, run by agroecological farmer and facilitator Jonty Brunyee and regenerative mentor and adviser Russell Carrington.
Participants will then be invited over spring and summer to four topic-based Pasture for Life workshops designed to suit their identified specific needs.
Any tenant farmer of owner-occupier currently in receipt of BPS in England can join the programme, even if they have already participated in one run by the Royal Countryside Fund.
All participants join the Royal Countryside Find’s Farm Resilience Network and gain access to a bank of resources and ongoing support. They will also benefit from a free year-long introductory membership of Pasture for Life, worth £120.