We are nearing the end of harvest at Nafferton, and closing out our busiest cereal season in recent memory. NEFG managed trials of spelt, rye, spring wheat, winter wheat, spring barley, buckwheat and quinoa this year–here are some updates about our more unusual species. Spelt and Rye The HealthyMinorCereals project included three trials of spelt and […]

The landbridge network is hosting a workshop at Nafferton farm on Thursday, 8th September 2016 to consider the role for advisers in integrated farm management for sustainable intensification. Landbridge is a knowledge exchange network for rural professionals and a partner in the Defra-funded Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP). Nafferton farm is one of the SIP study […]

As part of the continuing series of events focusing on rye and spelt trials, the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group will host a summer information session on 2nd July 2016. This will be the third in a series of informative events focussed on the spelt and rye field trials, which are components of the EU-funded Healthy […]

As part of both the Healthy Minor Cereals and Sustainable Intensification Platform projects, the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group is hosting a series of information sessions about spelt and rye growing in Northeast England. The first two events took place this year in July and November, while additional activities will continue over the next 3 years as the […]

The Nafferton Ecological Farming Group will host an information session on the 21st November 2015 to discuss preliminary results from the first year of spelt and rye trials at Nafferton Farm and the future of the project. The trials are components of the EU-funded Healthy Minor Cereals project and DEFRA’s Sustainable Intensification Platform. HMC is focussed on enhancing exploitation […]

Wednesday 14th October, 11am-3pm , starting at The Croft, Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA30LD courtesy of Susan Aglionby Workshop looking at controlling rushes without chemicals, and will assess the impacts of liming, topping and draining. The meeting will also include a session on interpreting soil analyses and selecting grass seed mixtures for upland situations. Afternoon follow-up […]

Some of the biggest challenges and latest developments in organic food and farming are set to come under the spotlight at the largest on-farm gathering for the UK organic sector. Dr Julia Cooper will be discussing soil management as part of a full day of discussions and presentation, a farm walk, many interesting information and […]

Soil Association Scotland are organising a number of different events on farms (including rush control near Carlisle on 28th May) and inviting suggestions for host farmers and researchers interested in participating in new events. See the website and contact Colleen McCulloch for more details

The Kindling Trust are organising a course is aimed specifically at people interested in becoming commercial growers, with the aim of supporting them on to the start of the farming ladder (they also have an Incubator Farm project – FarmStart Manchester, which people can get involved with following the course to keep that support going). Application […]

SAC Consulting and Cumbria Organics held  a focus meeting on 24th February at Slack House Farm, Gilsland, Cumbria, CA8 7DB The meeting  looked at what the changes in CAP reform mean for upland and organic farmers, as well as some of the key issues relating to grassland management in the uplands. There was a wintry farm […]