As third generation tenant
farmers of Fordhall Farm, we see community farm ownership as the way to secure
the land for continuing community benefit.
are special, each with a unique story and sense of place and the potential to
animate the local rural community through community ownership.
There is a crisis in farming, as small and
medium sized farms continue to go out of business. The average age of farmers
is increasing and farm incomes are decreasing. Farmers are often isolated in
fragmented communities and the costs of buying or leasing farms prevents entry
to young farmers. Many have the skills and motivation but little capital.
the same time, the demand for good locally grown food increases and people want
to re-connect with local farms and build sustainable rural communities.
third generation tenant farmers of Fordhall Farm, we see community farm ownership
as the way to secure the land for continuing community benefit-for food
growing, wildlife, access, enterprises, heritage, education activities and
offering a ‘green lung' to Market Drayton.'
and Ben Hollins, Farmers, Fordhall Farm