Thursday, 9 June 2016

Hot topics on a sunny day at Elveden

Hi there! Good of you to pop in. The first farm walk was GREAT. We were oversubscribed with people wanting to visit, a nice problem to have. Andrew’s Tweet (@ElvedenFarmer) ‘Hot topics in the hot weather’ was a perfect description. There was a real buzz of conversation throughout the day, which was exactly what we wanted to achieve; although I have to confess by the end of the morning and afternoon sessions it wasn’t only the potatoes that had reached their wilting point!

The initial feedback has been really positive and included: ‘extremely useful, excellent and fascinating’. Levy payers seem delighted to have their own SPot Farm in the East. 

As the co-ordinator of this project, I also want to say a very big public ‘Thank you’ to the many people behind the scenes which made this into such a successful event.

For those who couldn’t make it (where were you?), or who just want to reminisce, here are a selection of photos taken on the day together with some video footage of Dr Phil Burgess, Head of AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange, giving his introduction and Andrew Francis, Senior Farm Manager, Elveden Estates explaining why Elveden want to work with AHDB Potatoes and the SPot Farm concept. 

Also attached is the document giving a brief outline of the demonstration/ trials at SPot Farm East in 2016. This will be updated with additional information as the season progresses.

Enjoy! And don’t forget you can sign up for the Open Day (5 July). 

See you there!


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