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Farming community raises spirits during global pandemic

Pictures, tweets and tales from the farming community, all doing their utmost to raise peoples spirits.

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Rural community raising spirits during #Coronavirus pandemic

Isolation, social distancing and stay home – they are all phrases we are currently more than familiar with. But as the nation does its best to keep the spread of Coronavirus at bay, people are also doing everything they can to stay connected and boost morale.

 

And the farming community are pulling together to show neighbourly support and small acts of kindness which are much-needed in times like these.


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Butcher makes food parcels

Butcher Dave Jones, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, put food parcels together for those in more vulnerable situations.

 

Adam Henson donates

Adam Henson, who runs Cotswald Farm Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, says #ThankYouNHS by donating unused Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) equipment to their local medical centre.

 

Young couple's food boxes

Young couple's food boxes

British Food Box is a local delivery service, supplying farm shops, pubs and restaurants with quality, local produce.

 

But Hannah Kinston and John Davies, founders of the company, have had to change their business overnight.

 

As food outlets shut their doors, they lost much of their custom overnight and now they are providing a delivery service to those in need, all within a 10-mile radius of John's family farm in Snarestone, Leicestershire.

 

“The phones haven’t stopped since we started offering a home delivery service for people who are unable to get out to a supermarket to buy food,” says 22-year-old Hannah.

 

“A number of our customers are elderly or vulnerable and were becoming really worried about buying food, given how hard it is to secure an online supermarket delivery. It’s nice to be able to support them and take some of that stress away.”

Learning online

Emily and Guy French from Foxes Farm produce, Colchester, Essex are keen to inspire the next generation.

 

After schools closed their doors, the husband and wife team have created online educational farming lessons on YouTube, all set on their arable farm.

 

Emily says: "We are not media experts, just farmers. We really wanted to help all the families and children in lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis, so we are putting together weekly educational videos of activities on our farm, using the hashtag #learnonthefarm. We thought this would provide a [different] perspective on education and learning to families about our own experiences and adventures on the ground during this crisis.

 

"We run a variety of farm diversifications. We grow thousands of pumpkins which we supply across the UK; we run two successful pumpkin patches in Essex - one in Colchester and one in Basildon where members of the public have a fun day out picking their pumpkins directly from the field; we run Farm Mud Runs which are 1.5km multi lap mud runs through our fields and we are also members of the British Christmas Tree Association and grow and retail Christmas Trees.

 

"It's very varied and hopefully interesting to others."

 

Keeping rural families safe

Keeping rural families safe

The Robert's family have seen an increasing number of walkers on their land in the Lammermuir Hills hills, southern Scotland. Farming 900 ewes, they placed this sign on their road end to encourage people to stay at home and keep their families and communities safe.

 

Live updates

Peacock Farms, in Muston, North Yorkshire have live chick updates for those children at home wanting to tune in.

 

 

Rainbows raising spirits

Rainbows raising spirits

Children across the country are painting rainbows to show their support and encourage people to stay safe.

 

Catrin Batt, aged 5, from Garth Farm, Abergavenny is trying to raise spirits on the family's 85-acre farm, where, says her mum, Claire, homeschooling currently means lambing their 75 ewes.

 

Claire says: "Catrin wanted to make a big sign to go at the bottom of her lane for people to see to support the NHS."

Keeping up communication

Peter Mortimer has taken the time to phone retired show exhibitors to make sure they are keeping well in times of isolation.

 

Lambing through crisis

Rufus Dene makes short films about life on his family farm near Milton Keynes.

 

During the Coronavirus outbreak, he has made another short video about how life in farming goes on regardless, with lambing in full swing on the farm at home.

 

He says: "In such scary times, it's comforting to see and celebrate all the people that come together and keep going.

"Farmers always have, and always will, do just that. They're incredibly resilient and hardworking and through it all, never stop. Farming to me personally has always been a constant, and a home comfort. And right now, for anyone isolated or scared, seeing new lambs, green countryside and determined faces might not be a bad thing."

 

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