Mission & Values

 Overture  

The need to transform the farming and food sector is not in doubt. Here at FarmED, we believe that agriculture, our food chains and nutritional choices should be seen as part of the solution, not the problem.

 

Time is against us. We must move towards and beyond sustainability at pace – to a regenerative system that rebuilds our soils, habitats, landscapes and local communities.  We should be bold and aim for more than net zero.

 

Within the UK we have an impressive and diverse mix of farming systems, big and small, managed by a passionate and influential community of regenerative farmers, landowners, growers and eco-entrepreneurs.  It is time to realise their role and potential.

 

Change needs consumer and market support – but we are confident that an exciting range of alternative food systems and business opportunities do exist.  Sadly, access to land and good food is not all open to all - to succeed we must reach out to everyone, connect rural to urban, and stimulate new ways of working.  Education and knowledge are at the heart of this.

 

There is much to do….and the journey begins beneath our feet.

 

Mission

Our mission is to accelerate the transition towards regenerative farming and sustainable food systems by providing space and opportunity for inspirational education, innovative research, practitioner led knowledge exchange, events, and personal development.

 

Vision

To grow into a thriving and internationally recognised Centre for Farm and Food Education reaching and influencing a diverse audience.  We will work with others to build the FarmED community across the UK and offer unique, accessible and fun learning experiences. We will become known for promoting and demonstrating regenerative farming, sustainable food production and consumption, and rural enterprise. International reach will come with time.

 

Values   

We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) aiming to accelerate the transition towards regenerative farming and sustainable food systems. Our core activities will focus on delivering our mission and will be not for profit or personal benefit.

 

FarmED CIC aims to be inclusive. We welcome those from disadvantaged communities. Our business model and ethos will ensure we always offer free or subsidised access to our events and courses for those that need help most.  Money should not be a barrier.

 

We have a holistic approach and operate without prejudice or label, considering all solutions.

 

Our core values are important to us. They underpin everything that we do.  We will:

 

  • Dare to be different

  • Respect our soil and natural capital

  • Promote regenerative and holistic thinking

  • Celebrate the role of small farmers

  • Be enterprising and innovative

  • Ensure every day is fun 

  • Promote ecological, business and human diversity

  • Support lifelong learning

  • Help the next generation

  • Be open minded

  • Work with others

  • Offer great service

Cotswold Seeds Ltd

FarmED: Farm & Food Education

Cotswold Seeds Ltd has been supported by the Cotswolds LEADER Programme towards the construction of the education building. It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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