Farmstock Futures Event with Smithills Open Farm
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Friday 20 January 2023 
Smithills Open Farm, Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, Lancs BL1 7NS

A Farmstock Futures event is taking place on Friday 20th January and is kindly being hosted by Carl Grimshaw and family at Smithills Open Farm, Smithills Dean Road, BL1 7NS

The theme for the day is building on 3 key topics from our Farmstock Futures participants and research summaries; turning a farm into a business and diversification opportunities, the education of the present generation into the role farms and the wider agri industry plays in their lives and a key discussion around mental health and wellbeing – case studies and where to find help.

The set agenda:

  • 9.45am – Arrival with refreshments
  • 10.15 – Welcome and context for the day together with an introduction to team involved with Farmstock Futures
  • 10.25 – An introduction to some of our Farmstock Futures participants
  • 10.40 – A Summary of 2022 Farmstock Futures Research and Current Updates
  • 10.55 – The Building of a Farming Business and its Diversification – Carl Grimshaw
  • 11.30 – Tea and Coffee break
  • 11.50 – Mental Health & Wellbeing – Recognising who needs help and where to get support – Daire Fitzgerald
  • 12.20 – Interactive discussions
  • 12.30 – Lunch
  • 13.15 – Introduction to Care Farming & Veterans Support – Brian Capstick
  • 13.45 – How to Educate the present generation into the role of Farming – Farm Managers from Smithills
  • 14.30 – Tour of Smithills Open Farm Business, networking and collaborating thoughts
  • 15.30 – Closing remarks and summary of the days event

If you’re interested in finding out more, please email Sue Howorth direct in the first instance.