Partners

Why Farming Matters In Kent will be working closely with:

NFU

http://www.nfuonline.com/
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The National Farmers Union is a member organisation and is passionate about supporting British farmers and growers. It is the largest farming organisation in the U.K. and represents 55,000 farm businesses and over 150,000 individual members. The National Farmers Union strives in the support for their members and offers all kinds of services for the farmers nationwide.

FWAG

http://www.fwag.org.uk/
The FWAG is the leading independent contributor for advice on the environment and conservation for farmers.
It is a national charity that helps farmers and those who manage the countryside to protect native wildlife for the future.
The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Groups aim is to retain the benefits from 3 key areas; resource protection, farmland birds and farmland wildlife.

CLA

http://www.cla.org.uk/
The Country Land & Business Association is a membership organisation that directly deals with those who own land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.
They strive to promote and give a voice for those who believe in living and working in the countryside.
They offer experience and expertise to members and give positive development to the rural economy.

Farm Stay Kent

http://www.farmstay.co.uk/
The Kent Farm Holiday Group is an organisation of members who take pride in offering hospitality in their homes.
The members all have a love of the countryside and are passionate about sharing it with others.
The KFGH offer all kinds of accommodation from Bed & Breakfast, to camping, to self-catering holidays where their guests can enjoy the splendours of farming and nature all around them.

Kent Downs AONB

The Kent Downs covers nearly a quarter of Kent, stretching from the White Cliffs of Dover right up to the Surrey and London borders.
The dramatic landscape with chalk escarpments, local distinctive villages, traditional orchards, unique and precious wildlife and much more makes up the beautiful and valuable landscape.
The importance of the Kent Downs was recognised in 1968 and was nationally designated an “Area of Outstanding National Beauty’’.

Hadlow College

Hadlow College is one of the top land-based colleges in the U.K. The college delivers the highest quality lecturers and offers real-life hands on industry experience.
The facilities based in several locations include working farms, garden centres, equine facilities, training camps, indoor and outdoor classrooms, commercial dairy and fisheries hatchery.
Since 2003 £13m has been invested into the college to ensure the very best future for the industry.

Mid-Kent Training

(http://www.thamesdeltatraining.co.uk/)
Mid-Kent training offers a wide range of courses for land-based industries in Kent. They provide services and training in business and finance management, IT, craft skills, pesticides, chainsaw, agronomy, BASIS, FACTS in both Agriculture and Horticulture, BETA, environmental management, packhouse and livestock husbandry skills. They offer their training in full open course programs, in-company and 1:1 training offered locally or in-company.

British BeeKeepers Association

(http://www.britishbee.org.uk/)
The BBKA is the leading organisation  representing BeeKeepers in the U.K. with over 17,000 members.
They help promote and further the craft of bee keeping and aim to advance the education of the importance of bees in the environment to the public.
They encourage bee keepers to keep up with the latest changes and developments and play an active part in prevention and education about the environment and bees.

Women’s Food & Farming Union

(http://www.wfu.org.uk/)
Founded in 1979 with branches across the UK the Women’s Food & Farming Union (WFU), is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting an understanding of quality British produce.
WFU represent the best interests of consumers and producers, by promoting  quality British farm produce and addressing the issues that concern all consumers.

RAMSAK

(http://www.ramsak.co.uk/faq.html)
The Ring of Agricultural Machinery in Sussex and Kent is is a co-operative society of farmers together with agricultural and rural businesses who have the aim of reducing machinery and labour costs. R.A.M.S.A.K. caters for all areas of farming and rural business regardless of acreage, crop types, or other parameter. The Ring does a large amount of work throughout the year for Arable, Livestock, Fruit and Veg farms together with work for other Rural businesses like Amenity works, Estate works, deliveries etc etc.