• What we'll do
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Day 1 –
We start our 4 day intensive with an introduction to this year’s course, plus a tour and a little about our current project Unit 1 Vale Lane.
The next sessions are about starting your journey towards development of your commercial farm venture – we will take time to work on putting together a Business Canvas and a User Journey for your business. Which will help us to figure out where the gaps in your preparations are and where we can centre some of our attention.
And we want to discuss with you some key organising concepts – like – the central question for your projects “what can I strategically do early in my farm planning to make me more free?” Really we’re talking about automation, outsourcing… hydroponics is an example of automating irrigation and drainage…
Agrilyst will be joining us in the day to explain the importance of production scheduling and to demonstrate their production scheduling software.
In the afternoon we are joined by Matt the Founder of Seneye and we are on to Sensors, Water Quality, Monitoring – and getting the drudgery of calibration out of the equation.
Evening – plans TBC
Day 2 –
Today we will look at compliance and keeping it all legal – and I’ll introduce you to the templates – which we can work on for YOUR PROJECT over the subsequent days:
Building a Biosecurity Plan – Introduction to the Template
Building a Risk Assessment – Introduction to the Template
Building a Food Safety Management Plan – Introduction to the Template
We also get an exciting session with Jon Lawrence - the electrician with the pleasure of saying he is one of the only one's to have wired an indoor commercial community centric system. He will walk us around the electronic's here explaining influencing factors and is available for Q&A.
To help us on our journey we are joined in the Afternoon by Eric Roderick of FishGen who has wide ranging experience as a farmer and researcher and specialism in brood stock and hatchery management – for any of you interested in doing a full life cycle. Eric has taught on all our commercial courses to date and we always run out of time with him!
Evening plans TBC
Today we are going to examine opportunities for full system valorisation and look at the stocks and flows of YOUR system. Where can you be adding value? Where can you be finding what you seek within what you have or – what unique skills can you bring to your project. We are looking at that interface between the farm and the farmer and how it is going to translate into real productivity and real sales.
This is also the time to explore numbers and ratios – and the next template we can work on together – developing your production schedule and demand centric approach to production.
In the morning we are Joined by Liam Chowdry - Chef and Business owner - for a Q&A to help you build a market-driven business.
Later we are joined by Oscar who used to manage GrowUp’s Unit 84 in London.
Evening: We head over to Grow Bristol for a tour of their microgreens growing facility – a must see for those interested in high intensivity under-light growing.
Day 4 –
Morning visit to Arctic Char Farm in Dorset
We use this last day to explore freedom further – both financial freedom in your farm – the question everyone wants the answer to – money, funding, business plans. As well as de-anchoring our work and enabling flexibility.
Primarily we will be sharing our extensive experience in applying for different kinds of funding and how to maximise your chances of success.
We will take a look at our next template – Building a Funding Proposal and will take you through our final business template – the Prioritisation Wheel – for YOUR project.
• What to bring
Clothes you don't mind getting dirty, Writing materials, your own project plans if you have any
• Important to know
Price includes Lunch