MEP im­pressed dur­ing visit to com­mu­nity farm

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A Kent MEP was im­pressed with the Wye Com­mu­nity Farm dur­ing his visit there last week.

Richard Ash­worth, Con­ser­va­tive MEP for South East Eng­land and mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s agri­cul­ture and bud­gets com­mit­tee, toured the farm, viewed the live­stock and ex­plored the Brook Agri­cul­tural Mu­seum last Thurs­day.

Sev­eral of the tra­di­tional crafts pro­moted by the farm were on dis­play, such as felt mak­ing, spoon carv­ing, leather work and an old bul- lock cart, which is be­ing re­stored.

Mr Ash­worth also joined a meet­ing of the farm team which looked at de­vel­op­ing the mi­cro busi­nesses which are di­rect spin-offs from the farm it­self, in­clud­ing Della New­man’s Spin­ning Earth.

The farm plans to bid for EU fund­ing in the con­text of the LEADER pro­gramme for some of its mi­cro busi­nesses.

Dur­ing the day, Mr Ash­worth noted how many of the skills and busi­nesses dove­tail to­gether with the farm at their hub.

Wye Com­mu­nity farm was vis­ited by MEP Richard Ash­worth

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