28th September 2020: Launceston Farm (Jimi and Cath Collis) - Dorset
Book now for Taking Stock farm walks
After months of lockdown, the Soil Association is inviting livestock farmers to join them in the fresh air for a socially-distanced farm walk. This autumn, they are offering the opportunity to visit inspiring farmers across the South West who are ahead of the game in key areas that are likely to be rewarded under the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM) scheme. As well as getting your boots dirty and sharing some lunch, you'll also have an opportunity to talk to the Soil Association’s farm advisors about your own farm and how you're planning to adapt your business and take advantage of the coming changes to farm business support and payments.
Taking Stock is a free pilot programme of webinars and live events, funded by Defra, designed for beef and sheep farmers in the South West of England. It has been developed by the Soil Association to help farm businesses understand the changes in the coming years such as the new ELM scheme as farming undergoes a period of radical reform in the UK. The programme offers a practical way for farmers to explore the challenges, impacts and opportunities of the upcoming changes and boost their business’ resilience and respond to the climate emergency through the delivery of environmental benefits. The farm walk and Q&A session will help you to explore what the proposed changes mean for your livestock business, and help you to think about the future plans and opportunities for your farm through using a free resource book and toolkit. The Soil Association is able to offer one on one support alongside the opportunity to connect with other farmers to consider potential opportunities for collaboration, businesses and the local economy.
The Soil Association will be ensuring all social distancing guidelines are adhered to, but if you feel it’s too early to meet in this way, or you’d prefer to watch from the comfort of your own home, they will also be filming some of the walks and making them available digitally.
You can sign up for the programme here