Princes Countryside Fund 2016

The Princes Countryside Trust is a charity set up by The Prince of Wales.  Their vision is:

“A confident, robust and sustainable agricultural and rural community which is universally appreciated for its vital contribution to our British way of life and fit to support future generations”.

Growing Rural Enterprise have been awarded a grant to support farmers in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

We help farmers who are struggling to be sustainable by looking at their existing resources and exploring new ways of working. The project will provide business mentoring, networking and training.

Approximately fifty farms that do not usually access services, support or training will each have 2 or 3 days of one-to-one business mentoring and support from SEFDI accredited rural business advisers who have 15 years experience in working with hard to reach farmers.

They will be encouraged through situational analysis, options analysis and action planning to consider options and alternatives such as better routes to market, making more from existing resources, shortening the supply chain, working with others in partnerships and collaborations to create a future business model that is sustainable. Sometimes this will be through solely through business mentoring/support and sometimes, additionally, through training and networking.