I applied for the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation as I felt my farm was just existing and not moving forward, as a young farmer I certainly did not want to be standing still. I have always felt if your not moving forwards your falling behind.
I had been looking at diversifying into laying hens for a couple of years. Being part of the Foundation has let me meet some great people in all areas of agriculture. This has given me the courage and motivation to invest in this new enterprise, and has helped me to look at my farm more like a business rather than a way of life.
The Tesco Future Farmer Foundation is an amazing experience! Through the workshops I have learnt about a wide variety of subjects, from business plans to succession. We have also been out and about, visiting supply chains such as Arla, Cranswick, Bayer, you get to see it all.
There is no way that you would be able to experience all of these places, people and get tours of these supply chains without being part of the Foundation.
The Tesco Future Farmer Foundation is a fantastic group to be part of and I feel very lucky to be one of them and experience everything we have so far. I would absolutely recommend!
By far and away the best thing about joining the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation, is being able to meet an amazing group of great people!
Being able to collaborate with and learn from such a diverse and progressive group makes it much more fun to learn and get ideas about how to implement changes at home. The finance workshop in particular has helped me to get a better understanding of our own business accounts and the most recent workshop on sustainability has also helped open my eyes to potential new ways to grow the business.
Tesco Future Farmer Foundation is the best opportunity I have had for learning within agriculture by far. Whether it is from experts or from the other people on the programme there is always something new and interesting to learn and think about.
Anyone wanting to create a bright future within the industry for themselves would benefit from being a part of the programme.
I come home from every workshop feeling motivated and optimistic about my career in farming. The topics covered are entirely relevant and the industry experts offer a unique opportunity to discuss real life situations and formulate solutions.
The supply chain events are fantastic and allow us brilliant access not only to farms and factories from all domains of the industry, but also another opportunity to talk directly to industry experts.
Through being on the Future Farmer Foundation I have a network of like-minded, ambitious young farmers that I can turn to for advice on anything from stock and staff management to succession and diversification.
The Future Farmer Foundation has been a great experience. I have gained knowledge in many areas like business planning and share-farming. It has helped me to grow my farming enterprise and develop some great relationships that will be a solid foundation for my future in the industry. I have learnt to look closer at my business and challenge every aspect of our current practice.