Thrales s End Farm is just about 20 miles north of London. It is where Ian Pigott the 2014 Kleckner Premi recipient and his família ha cria for quite some timesince the 15th century. That gives a whole new perspective to Century Farms a Amèrica del nord!

Ian té una gran història per explicar sobre la seva granja i experiències, but he’s been instrumental in taking it all an extra step or two, o tres. Let’s show you what we mean by that

The proximity to one of the world’s great urban centers of London provides an opportunity that Ian has utilized extremely well. Their farm is also a classroom. He started The Farmschool which is open to anyone, but the focus is building a relationship with schools and the students so they have an ongoing placewhere learning comes to lifeand they can go experience and learn about farmland with a hands on approach – but let’s have Ian tell you about it himself:

Taking that effort another few steps further, Ian is also one of the founders of LEAF Granja obert diumenge (LEAF stands for ‘Linking Environment And Farming’). Each year more farms open their doors, or gates, to the public during a Sunday in June to give people a chance to learn about farming, where their food comes from, and the work that actually entails in the real world. Take a quick look at this year’s event:

Since it was started in 2006, well over 2 milions de persones now have visited the farms opened around the United Kingdom. The annual event has become a major success story. Ian, also a regular contributing columnist to Agricultors setmanal, was recognized with an OBE a 2016 – Ordre de l'Imperi britànic for services to Agricultural and Countryside Education, due in great part for his role in helping start this fantastic program. It is a quite prestigious honor and very well-earned recognition for his efforts.

By now it probably won’t surprise you that Ian became involved with another effort linking agriculture, l'educació, and getting people to the countryside.

El Pop cap amunt de la granja was just started in 2017 providing and opporutnity for folks to head out and pick sunflowers in the summer and then pumpkins in the fall – needless to say it has already been a big hit. Check out this recent BBC Breakfast interview direct from the farm:

The reason is clear why Ian was selected as the recipient of 2014 Kleckner Premi. He’s also a great agvocate on social media (a Twitter @ianpigott) often requested to speak at events and participate on discussion panels. All of which he finds time for in his very busy schedule. I, we haven’t even touched on his actual farming skills and practical experience.

There are plenty of links on this page you that you can use to explore more about the great work Ian is involved with in the UK. But let’s continue our ongoing series about views on sustainable farming from Global Farmer Network members, and here are some quick thoughts on that from Ian

 

Un pagès reacciona: Sostenibilitat — Ian Pigott: Thrales s End Farm, Wilston, Regne Unit

Pregunta: Quina és la definició de l'agricultura sostenible?

Resposta: Farming practices that promote soil health and biodiversity leading to increased soil carbon and numbers of target species whilst maintaining a profitable farming business.

Pregunta: A la seva granja avui que ajuda a la sostenibilitat de l'operació de l'agricultura i el sòl que li són l'agricultura en el que les pràctiques agrícoles utilitzes?

Resposta: Conservation agriculture, incloent-hi cap fins i cultius de cobertura. Gestió integrada de la granja i plagues, llindars control de plagues i malalties abans de qualsevol aplicació de ag chem. Tecnologia de l'agricultura de precisió.

Pregunta: On treus la informació sobre les pràctiques agrícoles sostenibles que són apropiats per a la seva granja?

Resposta: FULLA (Enllaç de medi ambient i agricultura) de que som una granja de demostració. Premsa de l'agricultura, mitjans de comunicació social i les reunions amb els agricultors i organitzacions influents.

Pregunta: Com determinar què pràctiques funcionen millor a la seva granja?

Resposta: Learning from others. Assaig i error. Investigació en profunditat amb veïns Institut a Rothamsted.

Pregunta: Hi ha tecnologies específiques que donarà suport a la sostenibilitat de la seva operació agrícola?

Resposta: Investment in no till drilling technology. Tecnologies com cartografia de satèl·lit de l'agricultura de precisió, proves de ressonància magnètica de sòl. Aplicacions de tipus variable. Ús de bordons emprendre més gestió dosser en profunditat.

Pregunta: Compartiu les pràctiques agrícoles sostenibles que s'utilitza amb altres agricultors? If yes, com?

Resposta: As a demonstration Farmer (Vegeu més amunt FULLA) acollir reunions i camp camina per als agricultors, escriure en la premsa de l'agricultura [columnista habitual de Agricultors setmanal].