We were very thankful to finish harvest earlier this month which has been the focus of our efforts at home. We are now busy drilling up for next year, looking after sheep and cattle, keeping on top of our administration and preparing for the winter months. While working on the family farm, I also run the Yorkshire Rural Support Network – part of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The YRSN exists to support the farming community, to help bring people together and to organize practical events where guest speakers can advise and inform. Here’s just some of the events coming up!
Next month will be our Women In Farming annual conference held at the Pavilions of Harrogate on Tuesday October 15. This will be a day to forget politics and hear from five inspirational speakers who are ‘keeping calm and carrying on’ in true Yorkshire style. The day will run from 10am and will start a guest talk from John Pinches who is Barclays Regional Agricultural Director for North East, Yorkshire and Scottish Borders. We will hear from Becky Waring, Owner of Cherry View Milk near Beverley; there will then be a talk from Emma Mosey, Co-owner of Minskip Farm Shop near Boroughbridge; Sophie Throup, Head of Senior Corporate Affairs (Agriculture) at Morrisons will also speak and the event will be rounded off with a talk by Faith Douglas, Part-time Curator at Thorp Perrow Arboretum and owner of Forest Bathing UK.
There will be a Q & A Session, lunch and an opportunity to network as well as a hamper raffle to raise money for the RABI. A warm welcome is extended to anyone with an interest in or connection with food, farming and the countryside. The event costs £15/head and runs from 10am to 2.30pm. Hamper raffle for RABI. To book your place, please contact Kate Dale on E: firstname.lastname@example.org or M: 07912 495604
Other events coming up include: Yorkshire Rural Support Network Annual Meeting at Pavilions of Harrogate from 10.30am Tuesday 1st October, 10.30am, including a light buffet lunch. All welcome, booking essential. Yorkshire Agricultural Society Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 6th October at Selby Abbey followed by a bookable lunch at Selby Town Hall, organised by the CLA. Please contact Sarah Lister on T: 07148 907070. The lunch is open to both CLA members and non-members. Farming Community Lunch at The Gavel Café, Thirsk Mart from 12 Noon on Wednesday 9th October. ‘Shift Happens’ – An audience with the resilient farmer at Pavilions of Harrogate on Thursday 17th October from 6.30pm. Countryside Live on Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th October which will feature TV presenter Julia Bradbury and Peter Wright and Julian Norton from Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet at The Great Yorkshire Showground. Take a look at www.countrysidelive.co.uk YAS members get in free. Minding your own Business Workshop 2 on Tuesday 29th October 9.30am to 3.30pm to help prepare family farming businesses for Making VAT Digital/Making Tax Digital and assessing existing administration systems. Workshop 2 will explore looking at costs more closely, unpicking the accounts and preparing cash flows and budgets. To book for any of the events please contact Kate Dale on E: email@example.com or M: 07912 495604
Written by Kate Dale