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Scotland: Farm Visits in October

Book a free farm tour to see Peelham Farm, Balbirnie Home Farms or Williamwood Farm.

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 on any of the below farm visits by emailing Kirsty – kirsty.tait@nffn.org.uk. Name, email address and phone number will be required to book. Please note: booking for Peelham Farm is via their Eventbrite only.

Scotland Farm Tour Schedule

Peelham Farm, Berwickshire – morning or afternoon, 24th October

Multi-award winning Peelham is a 650-acre family-run farm located close to the Berwickshire Coast in the south-eastern Scottish Borders. It is farmed to certified Organic and Pasture-for-Life standards with an on-farm butchery and charcuterie facility. As agroecological, regenerative farmers, their motto is “love the land, love the animal, love their produce” and their philosophy is ‘sustainable self-resilience’.

They will be hosting an optional, ticketed lunch to accompany their farm tour. For booking their free tour, visit their Eventbrite. There is an option to attend in either the morning or afternoon.

Williamwood Farm, Dumfries and Galloway – time 11am-1pm, 31st October

Williamwood Farm is a 310-acre farm nestled in Dumfriesshire’s attractive countryside with views of the Solway Firth.  This award-winning farm keeps 50 Highland, Beef Shorthorn and Simmental cross cows, from which they produce 18-month-old calves for the store and breeding markets, and about 200 pedigree Lleyn ewes. They also have a small pedigree Highland pony stud. Their business model is underpinned by four on-farm self-catering cottages.

Their nature-friendly approaches include hedge planting, pond creation, nest boxes, predator control and habitat management which respects breeding birds. Tree sparrows, otters, red squirrels, lapwings, curlews, snipe, woodpeckers and brown hares are just a few of the species flourishing because of their measures.

Kinclune Organic Farm, Angus – 10.30am, 9th November

Kinclune Organic Farm is a family farm, near Kirriemuir, and is a 1100-acre mixed upland farm. Their core business is a 105 strong, organic beef suckler herd, 100 lleyn cross ewes and a small Highland pony stud. They have been organic for 15 years and received funding from Working for Waders to improve our wetland habitat for waders. Read more about their nature-friendly approaches here.

Balbirnie Home Farms, Fife -1.30pm-4pm, 4th November 

Balbirnie has been farmed for centuries and most of the same crops are still grown today using modern farming techniques in conjunction with a traditional 7-year rotation.  The 300-strong herd of cattle spend their summers on the hill eating fresh grass and winters in spacious airy cattle courts eating a balanced diet of silage, barley and vegetables. 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 our hedgerows to flourish and have maintained wildlife corridors between our 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.