What it is all about?
The inagural national Soil farmer of the Year competition aimed to find the best farmers and growers who were engaged with and passionate about managing their soils in a way that supports productive agriculture, biodiversity, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and builds soil organic matter and carbon.
Soil underpins the entire farming system. A healthy well-managed soil rich in organic matter will support productive and healthy crops and pasture, which in turn supports a profitable and resilient farming system.
The resources for the 2017 Soil Farmer of the Year Competition was launched on World Soils Day, 5th December 2016. Click here to go to the 2017 pages.
What is the prize?
The competition is kindly sponsored by Cotswold Seeds. The winning farm receives £250 worth of fertility building or green manure seed, with the runner up receiving £150 worth and third prize £100.
The results from the 2016 competition were:
Winner: Clive Bailye
Runner Up: Iain Tolhurst
3rd Prize: Jeremy and Heather Dale
Finalists: David Miller, David Walston, David White, and Nigel Griffiths.
Farm Walk with the Winner 13th June 2016
On a cloudy evening, farmers from far and wide gathered in a shed for a farm walk to listen, discover and understand why Clive Bailye had been awarded the accolade of the first Soil Farmer of the year competition.
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Runner up Iain Tolhurst - Farm Walk 8th July
On Friday the 8th July, the farm walk with Iain Tolhurst from Tolhurst organic was held in glorious sunshine. Iain had been awarded runner up in our Soil Farmer of the Year competition due to his commitment to soil management and his innovative approach to maintaining soil fertility and his use of rotations and green manures.
To watch the videos taken on the farm walk please click here.
To see the images from the event, click here.
Third place - Jeremy and Heather Dale
On a bright but windy day in October, farmers gathered in Shropshire to find out more about grassland and soil management on the last of the 2016 FCCT and IfA Soil farmer of the year Farm walks
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