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Paul & Nic Renison

"Our motivations for better grassland management are to be productive without the use of sprays and fertilisers, and to farm in an ecologically ‘right’ way - a regenerative way - so everything is getting better rather than worse..."

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Farmer Profiles

David Miller
Last Updated : 12th October 2023
Wheatsheaf Farming is a joint venture contracting company owned by the farmers involved to give economies of scale. I manage the business - the total hectarage is around 700 hectares across 3 farms and the base for the operations is Folly Farm. Wheatsheaf is non-profit and charges the client farmers a hectarage fee to cover all fixed costs which is paid monthly.
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Andrew, Seonag and Catherine Barbour
Last Updated : 28th July 2022
"...our focus is now on woodlands you can graze animals through and designing them that way - and we have gone from more of a biodiversity interest to focusing on carbon, together with the big benefits of wood pasture giving animals shelter and providing early grass..."
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Last Updated : 18th October 2022
"I (Mike) manage the farm at High and Low Callis Wold together with my family. I am the third generation of a 3-generation tenancy (more than 2 thirds of our land is rented). The farm has gradually grown to what is now 1,100 acres of arable and grazing land, and is a diverse business, with all the livestock and around 50% of the arable land farmed organically, in what is a very traditional farming area of the Wolds..."
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Rob Kynaston
Great Wollaston is a 242 acre mixed family farm on the edge of the Shropshire Hills on the English/Welsh border.  We grow winter wheat and winter barley and a mix of peas and spring barley for home use for our dairy herd’s forage, with any excess wheat and barley being sold off the farm. We […]
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We have a 1.5 acre organic vineyard, plus polytunnels. We grow a wide range of crops for our vegetable box scheme. We also sell wholesale. One of our first customers was the wholefood shop in Rugby, who still take our produce today. Today we concentrate on the vineyard though the veg box scheme continues on a smaller scale […]
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Simon Hare
Last Updated : 27th May 2021
"A much more traditional and diverse mix of grasses that has been fully rested from grazing and its nutrients replenished gives a healthier diet for the cows and I believe also gives the meat a better flavour..."
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Stephen Briggs at Whitehall Farm (Photo credit: WTMLTimScrivener)
Last Updated : 3rd May 2023
"Agroforestry provides risk management against climate change and extreme weather events. It also means we can grow a mix of perennial and annual crops..."
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Tim Downes (Innovative Farmers)(1)
I run the family farm, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, in partnership with my wife Louise and my parents John and Chris. It has been organic since 2000. At present we milk 300 cows, but we are aiming to have about 500.  We aim to have 2 dairy herdsmen managing 250 cows 18 miles apart and […]
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Tim May
We farm 2500 acres regeneratively and organically, applying a holistic approach. We are currently growing organic quinoa, organic linseed, organic gluten-free oats and heritage wheats / grain varieties and have 480 New Zealand Frisian Jersey crossbreed dairy cows and a mobile milking parlour, which is followed by egg laying chickens (1200 hens housed in 4 […]
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Last Updated : 3rd November 2020
...They are “organic, grown with nature, small scale and local.” The vegetable cropping is just under 10 acres and is part of a larger 130 acre farm - 50 acres are young mixed native woodland, 5 are unharvested crops for winter birds, and the remainder are grass (grazing for both cattle and sheep, hay and silage) and cereals...
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andrew burgess
The RBOrganic Ltd team grow carrots, onions, leeks, potatoes, parsnips, beetroots and courgettes. We are a LEAF Marque certified business. We work as an integrated part of Houghton Estate, which also has chickens, pigs, English Longhorn beef, and sheep in rotation as well as a large area of permanent parkland with a deer herd. In […]
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Andy Howard - Bockhanger Farms Ltd
Last Updated : 25th January 2021
"My whole philosophy revolves around improving soil health, so we try to minimise practices that damage soils and use certain practices to increase soil health..."
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Andy Barr
Last Updated : 1st July 2019
The realisation that they were using more and more pesticides, herbicides and fungicides on the farm and essentially getting less effect from them has driven Andy's long-term goal of sustainability and reduced reliance on non-renewable resources (along with a deep concern about the decline in insects and biodiversity).
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Andy Dibben, head grower at Abbey Home Farm beside early season cooking apple Rev Wilks
Last Updated : 4th August 2021
"My approach for producing organic fruit and veg is a systems approach, so I don’t look at irrigation, pest control, planting and weeding separately… the system is set up as one whole organic system and trees are integral to this..."
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We are a mixed farm set across 1600 acres of Cotswold Brash, the stony, thin and relatively heavy soils that run through Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and beyond. The farm is at roughly 350 m with an average rainfall of 28 inches. The main operation of the farm is dairy and beef production; we keep around 400 […]
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Bill and Cath Grayson
Last Updated : 7th September 2021
"One of our main concerns is delivering optimum results for both animals and nature by maintaining a balance and preventing woodland and scrub from overwhelming the grassland..."
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Last Updated : 25th June 2020
Wimpole Home Farm is an organic 589 hectare (1,419 acre) mixed livestock and arable farm near Cambridge. It is part of the National Trust’s 2,500 acre Wimpole Estate, and is the only lowland farm run in-hand by the National Trust.
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Charles Dowding
The main output from Homeacres is salad bags, which contain washed and mixed leaves of many flavours, which vary with the seasons. I sell over a tonne every year to local restaurants and shops, and I also sell 5 boxes weekly from June to December. The polytunnel and greenhouse are used for protected crops, while […]
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Chris Jones
Last Updated : 21st August 2019
"We were founder members of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association and the ORFC. We’re very interested in expanding our knowledge and finding out what we can do better and with the same amount of land hopefully continue producing more and better food but at the same time fixing more carbon for a longer time as well..."
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Christine Gosling
Berkeley Farm Dairy began in 1908 with my husband Nick’s grandfather delivering milk from his dairy herd by horse and cart to customers in Wroughton and Swindon. The farm is now fourth generation, with our son Edward as farm manager. We have 120 Guernsey cows and process our own milk. We supply Abel & Cole […]
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Christine Page 3b
Smiling Tree Farm is a 70 acre pastoral farm that focuses on regenerating soil health through the use of mob-grazed ruminants raised exclusively on diverse permanent pastures, wildflower meadows, special fields of herbs, and browsing trees. We are, in effect, turning sunlight into meat and milk. (Shetland sheep grazing a herbal ley) The farm has […]
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Last Updated : 5th June 2019
"We are working towards a regenerative agriculture model, restoring soil that was becoming less and less fertile and having symptoms of poor health such as blackgrass, low worm counts, poor soil structure, low soil organic matter, soil erosion and poor drainage."
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David : Wilma Finlay (Courtesy of Jstroll Media)
We have 100 crossbred dairy cows (Swedish Red x Montbeliard x Holstein) producing 6650l (4.5%Bf, 3.4% Pr. sold to OMSCo) from 1.2t purchased feeds plus home-grown forage. All calves are kept and finished or kept/sold as breeding heifers. Cast cows are made into burgers and sold at our visitor centre. The herd is a closed herd with all breeding done using […]
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Last Updated : 3rd March 2022
"Agroforestry adds value to the farm in many different ways - being part of our ‘enterprise stacking’ (the sum of all the smaller elements), is important, but at the same time, and equally important, is looking at it from an environmental stewardship and a community point of view (our mission at FarmEco is to reconnect people to land and the environment) - all three elements are very important..."
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