Although some farmers are well-off, many farmers are in severe financial straits, often due to supermarkets paying a pittance for their products. Rather than moan about things, here are some empowering things we (and farmers) can do to take back our power!
If farming near animal friends, learn of toxic plants, flowers, herbs and trees to avoid near pets (includes indoor plants to avoid). Avoid facing indoor foliage to gardens, to help stop birds flying into windows.
charities to help farmers
The Farming Community Network is an umbrella of charities that have helplines for struggling farmers. From providing free feed to livestock to offering help with finances and tenancy.
Hen Helpline is run by a charity that rescues chickens (and roosters) designed to be killed, after the end of their egg-laying life. The free helpline helps with anything chicken!
ways farmers can earn more income
You could rent farm buildings to holiday makers (don’t let dogs near livestock). Read more on agritourism. Another idea is WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms). In return for board and food, people work on your farm for knowledge and experience, and you save on wages (this is active learning, not cheap labour).
Community Supported Agriculture is an alternative method of farming. Instead of selling for a pittance to big shops, local people take a small risk in case of a failed harvest, and collectively pay farmers in advance, then at harvest time, everyone ollects their produce.
The Transfarmation Project can help with setting animal farmers up with free feed and advice to grow oats, a hugely profitable area for food and drinks right now. You can then save family farms, and let existing animals live out their lives in peace, aka to a farm sanctuary.
a business manual for small farmers
The Farmer’s Office is a wonderful tool for existing or new farmers, who wish to grow their eco farm business, which can help the local community, profits and (if you work with animals) better welfare (it costs money to buy feed and good housing). Written by a consultant who has supported hundreds of farmers, this book is designed to empower and includes information on how to write a business plan and detailed descriptions of farm accounting.
The Farm Carbon Calculator is a free carbon calculator toolkit, and takes 30 minutes to 2 hours to give a lens into how you can save carbon. Developed by an organic vegetable farmer in the Scilly Isles, it can be used by farms of any sacale or soil type or place in the UK.