Farm Diversity is full of great ideas on making the most of your land. Some of the tried and tested forms of diversification you will already know about – you may even have gone down those routes already. But have you considered an alternative project? Here, editor Victoria Galligan takes a look at some of the more niche farm diversification projects out there which could just be your next move…
James Fulton of Amet Property discusses how you should be passionate about your diversification ideas to truly make them succeed…
Amet Property offer development consultancy services to rurally based businesses including appraisals to identify alternative uses of existing assets, help with obtaining planning consents for change of use and new build development, assistance with obtaining bank finance for projects and putting together grant funding applications.
Orchestra Land provide a commercial approach to maximising the value of land and estates through residential, industrial and commercial developments.
In times of economic uncertainty there are opportunities for farmers and estate owners to diversify and maximise value through development which is thriving due to record levels of demand for housing and warehouses (often referred to as beds and sheds by politicians).
So you’ve got the land, you’ve got a great idea and you’re ready to get rolling with achieving your diversification dream – but how do you convince your family it’s a good idea? Farm Diversity editor Victoria Galligan suggests how to get everyone on board – and keep them on side.
The very nature of farming means that many farms are family-owned. But it’s not just land and property that gets passed down from generation to generation – attitudes, practices and staunch views can also be a family trait.
If the “head” of your family has been doing things the same way for years, has friends in the area they don’t want to upset and really can’t imagine the farm making money in any other way than it always has done, then you’ve got a fight on your hands.
Following several failed diversification bids on the family farm near Turton, Lancashire, Celia Gaze opened a successful rustic wedding venue which turned the farm’s fortunes around now she shares her fortune in her new diversifying guide!
Trespassing, theft and safety of employees are just some of the things that can be a worry when you own a farm. Here, First Fence look at the steps you can take to ensure your farm is a safe and efficient place to work.
Create a Physical Barrier
You might have installed “No Trespass” signs around your farm, but that doesn’t mean people will always take note. One key way to prevent intruders and help keep your farm secure is to add in a physical barrier, and this can be done in a number of ways. Planting hedges is one option, but you may decide to add in a physical fence – or even barbed wire – to strongly deter intruders from trespassing on your property. You may also wish to have a guard dog too: not only will they help you to feel safe, their barks will alert you to any possible intruders, and should have trespassers running the opposite way.
Being 100% clear about who you are and what you’ve got to offer is crucial if you’re to move successfully into new areas and watch your business grow. How can you expect other people to buy into what you’re offering otherwise?
Have you decided that farm diversification is the next step for your business, or maybe you are weighing up your options? Here you will find some great information to help you and your diversification journey.
Diversifying your farm can be a quick win for your pocket but what about for the environment? If your new business pursuits create a harmful environmental impact, then not only are you jeopardising your local ecosystem, but you are risking future profits.
While you may be gaining quick wins. For example, hiring out your farm as a wedding venue, the next day when erosion and litter have caused a negative environmental impact, your crops may yield less produce at the next harvest or your local river may be polluted affecting tourism.
Consequently, it is important to keep a check on your environmental impacts while diversifying and expanding your business. Read on to discover our tops tips to stay ahead of the game.