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How to start a small farming enterprise

Pioneer model farms from around the world share all their learning, so you can do it too. And on top of that, there are multiple training opportunities in Wales and elsewhere in the UK to develop the essential skills.

Pioneer model farms

Inspirational farms show how you can start a small farming enterprise that supplies locally, grows sustainably and operates profitably.

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    Ridgedale: Farming in a harsh environment, telling the world

    Youtube pioneer shares the message of regenerative agriculture from the frozen North.

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    Neversink Farm: Making farming easier

    A former computer engineer has made farming simple and profitable. Learn more about this successful model.

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    La Ferme du Bec Hellouin: Small farm, big yields, restorative agriculture

    Could this couple’s farming methods be a solution to the climate emergency? Learn more about farming sustainably.

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Courses, videos and books

The pioneer farms have produced a huge range of materials for others to follow. Our top picks.

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    Practical ‘how-to’ videos from Neversink Farm

    The team at the farm have produced hundreds of short videos demonstrating different techniques they use.

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    The Market Gardener book: an excellent resource for market gardening

    This book provides a collection of JM Fortier’s proven horticultural techniques and innovative growing methods.

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Training opportunities

There are many organisations keen to help expand small-scale farming. Make the most of it!

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    Tyfu Cymru supports commercial horticulture in Wales

    Tyfu Cymru provides training and technical support for commercial horticulture businesses in Wales, free of charge.

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    Courses and training for setting up a new food business in Wales

    Ways to learn about setting up a business in Wales, from feedback on business ideas, to courses, to funding and mentoring.

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    Bioaqua Farm teaches “the future of sustainable farming”

    Bioaqua produces vegetables and fish, grown with minimal water and energy, and creating zero waste.

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