From the Ground Up - Why Sustainable Farming Matters (Zero Carbon Harrogate AGM)

This event is the first in a series of three food themed sessions looking at the 'carbon on your plate' where we welcome guest speakers from the farming community. At the end of the evening we will hold our AGM, to which all are warmly invited to hear about the year gone by.


Thursday, 14 January 2021, 18.00 - 19.30

By Zoom


John Pawsey, Shimpling Park Farms Limited

Jo Olner, Blue Coats Farm Harrogate

NFU advisor - TBC


This event will help to show how farmers are having to adapt to the changing climate and that it's possible for farms to reduce their carbon emissions, whist benefiting biodiversity and addressing climate resilience.


Following the presentation from speakers there will be an open Q&A session.



John Pawsey, is a fourth generation farmer from Suffolk and is a director of Shimpling Park Farms Limited. The farm is mixed with 650 hectares of arable land and 1,000 New Zealand Romney breeding ewes on Hanslope series chalky boulder clay. John also farms an additional 980 hectares for neighbouring farmers under farm management contracts. All the farms are managed organically with the first farm being converted to organic production in 1999. Crops grown on the farm feature an array of legumes, cereals ranging from oats to spelt as well as some speciality crops including quinoa and buckwheat. Diversifications on the farm include a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme, commercial and domestic rentals and various renewable energy projects including a photovoltaic array and three wood chip boilers.

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