New programme offers support to family farms
Active farm businesses on Arran are being invited to take part in the second year of the highly successful The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme, run by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
Established by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2010, The Prince’s Countryside Fund aims to enhance the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life. They believe that the British countryside is a valuable natural asset and its contribution to everyday life cannot be underestimated.
Proven to help small farms improve their way of working, the programme will provide free business support, skills and planning tuition, and one-to-one guidance to up to 20 small livestock and mixed family farm businesses across the island.
Feedback from participating farms has been unanimously positive, with farmers who have completed the programme feeling significantly more optimistic about the future of their farm business. The programme aims to tackle some of the biggest challenges being faced by small farm businesses across the UK.
Farmers will be given the skills to evaluate their viability and make informed decisions about the future by using the business health check tool.
The programme also brings together like-minded family farm enterprises so they can review their current activity, and identify opportunities and improvements that can be made on-farm to build resilience.
Claire Saunders, director of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, said: ‘We are thrilled to be bringing The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme to Arran this year.’
Research commissioned by the fund revealed a steep decline in numbers since the beginning of the century, and declining farming prices has led to the average farm income falling below £20,000 for the first time since 2007.
With uncertainty caused by Brexit adding extra pressure to farmers, the programme is more important now than ever.
If anyone is interested in taking part in The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme there will be a short meeting at Kilmory Hall on Tuesday September 19 at 7.30pm to discuss the programme in more detail and answer any questions.
Alternatively contact Ailsa Currie on 07740 986803 or firstname.lastname@example.org