With land availability being, a key barrier for new entrants, expansion is not necessarily an option for many. However, by adding value to the produce, can allow the output, to be increased, without further land being required.
We have numerous resources available to aid in understanding adding value and the options available including:
Land values restrict the opportunities available to new entrants and to existing business looking to expand, limiting the area they can afford to purchase. So how do you make the most of a small land area? Glasraí Organic Farm in Hollymount, Co Mayo, Ireland, is a business which has tackled such a challenge.
Glasraí Organic Farm is a 7-acre certified organic farm, operated by Aoife Reilly and her husband Joe along with 5 employees. Aoife and Joe have built the business up from a grass 1 acre grass field in 2016 up to producing 40-50t of veg annually, along with eggs which the business direct markets to the consumer. Read here>>>
Morton’s Milk is a family business based at Auchinbay Farm in Ayrshire. David and Gillian Morton farm 500 acres milking 320 Holstein cows and store 120 Belgian Blue cross-dairy cattle. Morton’s Milk Farm Shop opened in February 2020 selling fresh milk via a milk vending machine. The business quickly expanded during the summer to offer a wide range of fresh produce from the farm and from a wide range of local suppliers. Alongside their milk, Morton’s Milk currently sell produce from 26 local suppliers from across Ayrshire with an ever-expanding range of meat, vegetables, jams, preserves, ice cream, confectionary, and other high quality produce. Watch here>>
Andrew and Lauren Houstoun farm at Glenkilrie, a 2,500 acre hill farm at the bottom of Glenshee on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park in Highland Perthshire. Glenkilrie is home to 1,100 breeding ewes, 160 suckler cows, and 55 red deer hinds. Glenkilrie Larder was set up in 2019 after purchasing deer in 2018. Glenkilrie Larder provides a market for their venison, beef, and lamb through direct selling to the public via home deliveries, farmers markets and events, with plans to expand by refurbishing old farm outbuildings to create a farm shop for passing trade. Watch here>>
Fiona Smith is the 4th generation farmer at Westerton Farmers, farming alongside her father and a close-knit team. The family bought the first farm in 1920 and have grown the business ever since. The farm is all arable; growing spring barley for malting, wheat for distilling, seed and ware potatoes, and a wide range of vegetables. Watch here>>
Taking on a farm or croft for the first time is an exciting opportunity but as New Entrants there can be challenges along the way.
We speak to Trudi Cueto from Carfrae Farm to discuss their diversification journey and the wide range of exciting activities available to the public on the farm. Listen here>>
As New Entrants into agriculture taking on a farm or croft for the first time, there can often be some hurdles to jump over. These may include sourcing land, livestock, machinery, and obtaining finance to fulfil your ambitions. Generating cash flow quickly from limited resources can be a challenge but is the best way to make positive steps and start growing your business. Read more>>
Boxed produce can be a good method of adding value to your finished livestock and/or fruit/vegetable production. A meat or veg box scheme is an operation where producers deliver fresh produce directly to customers, or via a local collection point. Boxed produce can increase profitability and output for Small to Medium sized (SME) rural businesses, and provide consumers with the opportunity to buy fresh, local produce delivered directly to their door. Read more>>
Glamping pods, Wigwams, and Yurts, may be a suitable diversification option for farmers, landowners and/or rural businesses. Glamping has become a popular attraction for UK holidaymakers and overseas tourists seeking the luxuries of hotel accommodation alongside the freedom and adventure of camping. Glamping can add value to your business, provide an additional income stream, and contribute to the local economy.
The use of social media is not just for personal use, it also makes for a great business tool. It can increase the profile of your business, allow for cost effective marketing, increase your customer base and connect with customers to name a few. This can all be achieved for free.
A marketing plan is an operational document that outlines the marketing activity that a business plans to implement to generate leads and reach its target market. A marketing plan details the outreach, both traditional and digital, and PR campaigns to be undertaken over a period, including how the company will measure the effect of these planned activities. Read more>>
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