Thrales End Farmis just about 20 miles north of London.Itis where Ian Pigott the2014 Prix ​​Klecknerrecipient and hisfamily have farmedforquite some timesince the 15thcentury. That gives a whole new perspective to Century Farms in North America!

Ian has a great story to tell about his farm and experiences, but he’s been instrumental in taking it all an extra step or two, or three. Let’s show you what we mean by that

The proximity to one of the worlds great urban centers of London provides an opportunity that Ian has utilized extremely well.Their farm isalsoa classroom. He startedThe Farmschoolwhich is open to anyone, but the focus is building a relationship withschoolsand thestudentsso 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 ofLEAFOuvert le dimanche Ferme(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 years event:

Since it was started in 2006, well over 2 millions de personnes now have visited the farms opened around the United Kingdom.The annual eventhas become a major success story. Ian, also a regular contributing columnist toFarmers Weekly, was recognized with anOBE in 2016 Order of the British Empirefor 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 itprobably wontsurprise you thatIan became involved with anothereffortlinking agriculture, éducation, and getting people to the countryside.

The Pop Up Farmwasjuststartedin 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 thisrecentBBC Breakfast interview direct from the farm:

The reason is clear why Ian was selected as the recipient of 2014 Kleckner Award. He’s also a great agvocate on social media (on 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. And, we havent 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 agriculteur Réagit: Durabilité — Ian Pigott: Thrales End Farm, Harpenden, Royaume-Uni

Question: Quelle est votre définition de l'agriculture durable?

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

Question: Quelles sont les pratiques agricoles utilisez-vous sur votre ferme aujourd'hui qui aide à la pérennité de votre exploitation agricole et le sol que vous exploitez une entreprise agricole sur?

Répondre: Conservation agriculture, including no till and cover crops. Integrated farm and pest management, monitoring thresholds of pest and disease prior to any application of ag chem. Precision agriculture technology.

Question: Où voulez-vous obtenir des informations sur les pratiques agricoles durables qui conviennent à votre ferme?

Répondre: LEAF (Liens entre l'environnement et l'agriculture) of which we are a demonstration farm. Farming press, social media and meetings with farmers and influential organisations.

Question: Comment déterminez-vous quelles sont les pratiques qui fonctionnent le mieux sur votre ferme?

Répondre: Learning from others. Trial and error. In-depth research with neighbouring Institute at Rothamsted.

Question: Y at-il des technologies spécifiques de qui soutiendront la durabilité de votre exploitation agricole?

Répondre: Investment in no till drilling technology. Precision farming technologies such as satellite mapping, magnetic resonance testing of soil. Variable rate applications. Use of drones to undertake more in-depth canopy management.

Question: Est-ce que vous partagez des pratiques agricoles durables que vous utilisez avec d'autres agriculteurs? If yes, Comment?

Répondre: As a demonstration Farmer (see above LEAF) hosting meetings and field walks for farmers, writing in the farming press [regular columnist for Farmers Weekly].