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Soil Farmer of the Year

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.

2017 Competition 

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.

2017 Results

The results from the 2017 competition are in! This year we have awarded the top prize jointly to two farmers Richard Suddes and Tim Parton. Third prize has been awarded to Richard Boldan. Adam Lewis and George Hosier were awarded highly commended. 

Farn Walks

The top three farms will be hosting farm walks where you will be able to see them in action and look at why they have won the prize. The dates for the farm walks are:

  • 28th June 6-8.30pm Richard Boldan, Yorkshire
  • 5th July, 6-8.30pm Richard Suddes, County Durham
  • 6th July, 6-8.30pm, Tim Parton, Wolverhampton

For more information or to book your place, please get in touch with Becky on 07875 356611 or 01579 372376 or by email on [email protected] 

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. 

2016 Resources

The competition was launched on World Soils Day back in December 2015.  The finalists were announced in March, (read the release here) and then the results were announced in May.

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.

Read the rest of the write up here

To see the rest of the images from the event click here. 

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.

Read the rest of the write up here

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

Read the rest of the write up here.

To watch the videos taken on the walk click here.

To see the photos please click here