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Visit to FarmED and Summer Picnic

Jonathan N writes:

FarmED is a new centre for farm and food education based at Honeydale Farm, near Shipton under Wychwood in the Cotswolds. On 25 August, Ian Wilkinson, the farm’s owner, led 35 members and their guests on a tour of this research and demonstration farm….

From Ian and his colleague Edd Colbert, we learnt the importance of having healthy soil, crop rotation, and the principles of Regenerative Agriculture. The farm aims to increase biodiversity by providing a variety of wildlife habitats. On the tour we saw soil-improving crops, the kitchen garden, the apiary, the heritage orchard, and the natural flood management scheme.

The farm has provided five acres where local vegetable growers run their Community Supported Agriculture Scheme (CSA). The CSA provides 125 families in the local area with food grown outside and in four poly-tunnels on the farm. This is all part of the farm’s aim to build sustainable farming and food systems.

At the end of the tour we all joined nine other club members for the club’s summer get-together in the FarmED picnic area which has stunning views of the Evenlode valley below. Most of us had the FarmED picnic, which included salad grown on the farm. It was a great way to meet up again with fellow members whom we hadn’t seen for a long time.

For more information on FarmED see their website https://www.farm-ed.co.uk/