Farming, of all kinds, is my passion. I started my career at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon, and have managed farmland, crops and livestock ever since. I am now the Farms Manager at Overbury. I am fanatical about the education of everybody about, growing great crops, farming, food production, using technology, conservation and rural life. Love life, love the countryside and don't forget where your food comes from...ever! 2013 Nuffield Farming Scholar
Monday, 18 June 2012
Open Farm Sunday (Part 1)
Our Open farm Sunday event was held on the 17th June this year and we welcomed over 160 people. Everybody met up next to the combine and grain trailer ready to be loaded onto our tractors and trailers to begin their 1.5 hour trip to discover where their food comes from. The first stop, (not food related) was with Simon Sweeting at Overbury Stallions.
Simon gave us all a quick over view of the stud business and how it integrates with the farm and the estate. Simon talked about the 5 stallions here at the stud, how the seasons work and also how the sheep help to manage the grassland through the winter time.
Next was my turn to talk about the crops that we grow on the farm. I had some examples of wheat, barley, beans, oilseed rape and potatoes growing in the background. We talked about rotations and why it is necessary to grow different crops in the fields rather than one crop year after year. We also talked about irrigation and how we measure and use water on the crop.