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ACCESS TO LAND
For New Farmers & GrowERS

Keep an eye on this page for opportunities that might help you on your way

Have an agroecological business idea suitable for an organic farm?

Eastleach Downs Organic Farm, Gloucestershire is open to applications for a land-share agreement from those taking their 2nd / 3rd steps in the sector.

The current tenants are first generation farmers and started farming on the Hatherop Estate as contract farmers on its 30 acres of organic land (Cotswold Brash).

The current tenants would like to pass on the opportunity they were given (a sympathetic landlord who was willing to trust new entrants from non-farming backgrounds) as we know how hard it is to overcome the hurdles to food and farming.

 

The estate is now owned by the Ernest Cook Trust, an educational charity and they see this as a key link to encouraging wider access to the land that produces our food.

Click below to find out more.

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Stream Farm is a 260-acre organic farm nestled in a hidden valley high up in the Quantocks in Somerset. They are certified Organic and Pasture for Life, and focussed on sustainable, regenerative farming practices.


The vision for the farm is to profitably support several different farm businesses, enabling those who want to farm to join for a period of time, as share-farmers, in order to gain experience and learn how to run a sustainable farming enterprise.


They are currently looking for people to join Stream Farm, as share-farmers, and take on the responsibility of one or more enterprises.

 

Accommodation is provided, with bills included

 

Click below to find out more.

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Wades Farm is a 11-acre smallholding in the Slad Valley, 20 minutes on foot from Stroud. It is mostly on steep slopes with a combination of Cotswold brash and clay soils.

 

There is an opportunity here for an aspiring grower to get their foot in the door with FREE access to land, and the possibility of a longer term joint venture for the right person. The landowners would be willing to offer access for 2023 or 2023-24 seasons at first. They can support through developing/improving infrastructure for example creating new terraces, bringing in compost etc.

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Lower Nill Farm is a mixed farming enterprise with 400 acres of land split between 3 sites around the Hook Norton area. The farm is managed by Jon & Jenny who are implementing the transition from industrial commodity farming to a regenerative farming model.

They are keen to establish a market garden (0.5 acres to start) to give access to fresh fruit & vegetables supplying farm residents, farm guests and the local community. They are happy to look at a variety of business models which would allow a new entrant to develop a thriving business and might be able to share some of the capital investment needed.

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Westmill Farm is looking for the right person(s) to take forward and further develop the pioneering environmental and social work it has achieved in the last 40 years - Wilts/Oxon/Glos border (480 scres).

If you already have the ability, and ideally the experience, of managing a farm and are looking for an opportunity to invest your ideas, time and capital into developing your own land based enterprise - alongside the opportunity to either share farm or take on a tenancy AND are committed to cutting edge of environmental and social agricultural work – this opportunity at Westmill farm is a rare chance to do just that. STILL OPEN.

A contract of £35 – 45K for the Farm Manager role will be agreed for the 1st year.

Click the logo below for more and get in touch with becky@farm-ed.co.uk for direct contact details.

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Whistlebare is a 58 acre family farm located in North Northumberland between the Cheviot hills and the east coast. They are interested to hear from people who might be interested in establishing independent enterprises on the farm.

Over the past 19 years they have built organic matter levels from under 2.5% to between 5.5 and 7%,  adopting many principles and practices of regenerative agriculture. They grow very diverse grass leys, adopt, rotational grazing and most of the farm is in agroforestry.

The family believe that Whistlebare could produce a lot more than it does, and stacking enterprises on the farm could be a solution. Click the logo below to find out more about what Whistlebare could offer.

Orchard Park is located on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor less than 1 km from the small villages of Rilla Mill to the east and Upton Cross to the west. 

In November 2022 the site at Orchard Park was granted temporary planning permission from Cornwall Council. Once planning conditions are met, the Ecological Land Cooperative can now create three smallholdings of approximately 3.5, 6 and 10 acres respectively. This will include permission for farm stewards to build their own low-impact dwellings, allowing them to live on site. The ELC will also build a communal barn and install off-grid utilities for stewards at the site.

For more information, click on the link below.

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Share Farming Opportunity, North Kent (nr Rochester)

A long term livestock and arable regenerative farmer in North Kent is seeking a livestock based farmer who can continue to supply Pasture for Life beef and sheep to the farm shop and develop markets locally.

 

It is a career opportunity to build both an asset base with the share farmed livestock, take on arable tasks and help with other diversified business on the farm. There is a 2 bedroom oast house conversion available as part of the overall package.

 

If this is of interest please contact Laurence Gould:

livestock@laurencegould.com

A 200 acre mixed farm near Monmouth, including a historic farmhouse, associated buildings, and ancillary accommodation for WWOOFers, will be available for rent from March 2023.

The land has been farmed using relatively un-intensive, traditional methods for decades. It has some good arable fields on the floodplain of the River Trothy, and mixed arable and pasture on gently sloping land to the west. Some fields still hold species-rich grassland.

 

Old Lands would like the newly available 200 acres to be farmed using the principles of Agroecology, so that the species on the Old Lands fields can spread across the landscape and arable plants and birds can continue to thrive. 

 

Click on the logo below for more.

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Currently in set-up stage, Woodoaks Farm in Hertfordshire. was donated to the Soil Association and is being converted to a multi-farm/enterprise structure. It will be a space where new growers looking to scale-up will find support, and where resource sharing will be promoted.

Click on the logo below for more.

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The National Trust let farms on their land to tenant farmers throughout the year. They say that opportunities don't come up that often, so keep your eye on their site and be quick if something comes up! 

 

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The ELC are currently on the hunt for passionate land workers and ecological entrepreneurs who are ready now, or will be ready in the next 1-2 years, to build an ecological growing business on an ELC plot.

 

Click on the logo to find out more about their model.

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Farmstarts provide an opportunity for people to test their farming and growing ideas in a protected environment, whilst building the knowledge, skills, confidence and experience to progress to their own farm or market garden. The level of support can vary between farmstarts, but at the least they provide:


– access to land and equipment
– routes to market
–business support, training or mentoring

Click on the logo below for where farmstarts are located.

 

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