Farm Visit – Balbirnie Home Farms, Fife
Following our Nature Means Business conference, our NFFN steering group members will be hosting farm visits across the UK. This is a great opportunity to see farming with nature in action and these tours will provide an insight into how nature can positively impact business, through reduced inputs and improved natural capital. This is also a chance to meet other like-minded nature-friendly farmers!
All farm visits are free and spaces are limited. Book your place by emailing Kirsty – firstname.lastname@example.org. Name, email address and phone number will be required to book.
Balbirnie has been farmed for centuries and most of the same crops are still grown today using modern farming techniques in conjunction with a varied rotation of cereals, vegetables and grass leys. The 170-strong herd of suckler cattle spend their summers eating fresh grass and winters either outside eating forage crops and silage. This traditional mixed farm continues to provide food for the cattle and natural fertilizer for the fields. As part of a holistic approach to environmental management, they have allowed their hedgerows to flourish and have maintained wildlife corridors between their woods. This wildlife management has offered protection to the crops from wind and allows them to maintain their low use of insecticides and herbicides.
The farm is easily accessible from the main road. Wellies and/or waterproof trousers recommend – the walk will be a mile or two long.
Balbirnie Home Farms, Cupar, UK