Here at Newcastle University’s Nafferton Farm we are at an exciting crossroads for our research infrastructure, with many changes on the horizon.  University restructuring has brought new colleagues from a wide range of disciplines. We are keen to build on the legacy of our role as a research farm and uncertainties about future EU funding […]

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 […]

The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) has shared some of the results from the ImproveP project. ImproveP considers strategies for addressing phosphorus deficiency in organic farming systems and in 2014 trials were established at Nafferton farm in the UK and in Denmark to determine if certain potato varieties are more efficient […]

The Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP), a DEFRA scheme, has released its second newsletter with updates on a variety of projects and events within the platform. Nafferton is one of the five study farms included in the study areas and our recent spelt and rye information sessions have covered aspects of NEFG’s role in SIP. The […]

The Organic Research Centre presents the 10th Organic Producers’ Conference in Bristol in January. The theme of the event is Common Ground: Agroecology, food sovereignty and organic farming in practice and it will take place at the Novotel Bristol Centre. The Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairy (SOLID) project will also hold a workshop at the […]

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 […]

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

This year, 2015, is the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s International Year of Soils, highlighting the profound importance of soil for human life. A focal point of this year-long focus on soils is Global Soil Week, which takes place this week (19-23 April). The primary event of the week is a four-day conference in Berlin designed to […]

Catchment Sensitive Farming in conjunction with Landbridge, Newcastle University and the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group held a free workshop on cover crops, precision farming and more. Featuring contributions from CSF, Agrovista and Newcastle University, this interactive workshop offered strategies to improve fertiliser efficiency and save money on farm.  The event was held on Thursday 19th March […]

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 […]