76 – Caroline Drummond – Challenges And Opportunities
Andrew catches up with Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF
We start, as always, with the Dewing Grain market report for week commencing 9th March 2020.
In Farmchat Andrew catches up with Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF - Linking Environment and Farming - fresh from the Holkham Farming Conference. LEAF have various initiatives to include farming in the curriculum, working directly with teachers and through Farmer Time, whereby farmers use FaceTime or Skype to chat directly with school children and bring farming into different parts of the curriculum.
The discussion moves on to the value of carbon and the emerging markets, being part of the health agenda, the Food Strategy (the first for 75 years) and how farmers are expected to deliver more for the same price. Caroline emphasises the importance of making the case for farming - the benefits it brings to the economy, to social infrastructure, to mental health - and engaging consumers through initiatives such as Open Farm Sunday (this year on 7th June).
Farmers interested in finding out more about Farmer Time or any of the initiatives mentioned in this episode can contact LEAF on 024 76 413911 or at firstname.lastname@example.org