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Being handed the baton by fellow Dorset farmer and longstanding Farmers Guardian contributor, Jon Stanley, is rather a daunting task, but, as this is my first article, I thought I would write a little bit about about my background and a general introduction to our farm.
There has never a better time to let farmers support your mental and physical health and for all of us to support a green recovery from Covid-19, according to Caroline Millar,Agritourism Monitor Farm programme co-ordinator.
Consumers, it would appear, have rediscovered their love of local produce in lockdown. Whether it is the commitment to buy more local food, or the resurgence of the humble milkman and doorstep delivery, there certainly seems to have been a sea change since March of this year.
The impact of coronavirus on the farming and agriculture industry has been significant, prompting Defra and the Department for International Trade to launch a ‘bounce back plan’ but for some farming businesses, it is too little too late.
Be careful what you wish for. After weeks of dry weather and wishing we could have just a bit of rain after first cut, the weather broke with a vengeance and we seemed to be instantly transported into autumn.
I write this on the day the twins have gone back to school. It is school, but not as we knew it, with three hours once-a-week for five weeks and they have had some useful teaching of maths, which is a relief from struggling through online worksheets.
My husband, Rob and I were raised on our family farms’ so we always knew farming would feature heavily in our futures.Some 6 years ago we built our own home on my parents farm in Inglewhite, here my Dad, Mum, brother and Rob work tirelessly on our 600-acre farm milking a dairy herd of 450 Holsteins.