Foxburrow Farm’s tenant farmer wins Agricultural Association cup

Thursday 7th July 2011

Crop to shop with Nigel RolphCrop to shop with Nigel Rolph

Nigel Rolph, Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s long-term farming partner and tenant at Foxburrow Farm near Melton, has won 1st prize in Suffolk Agricultural Association’s Farm Business Competition.

In order to come to their decision judges considered entrants’ business management, the sustainability of their business and land occupation and social and community development.

As part of his entry Mr Rolph took the judges to Foxburrow Farm and talked of his involvement in the Trust’s Crop to Shop programme which involves hundreds of local school children each year. Run by the Trust with funding from the Chadacre Trust, the programme is designed to help children make the connection between food production and what they eat. The judges were impressed by Nigel’s involvement and commitment to the scheme.

“The students study the crops grown at Foxburrow Farm and consider each stage of their production, from seeding to harvesting. They explore the story of wheat, from identifying the seeds to grinding them to make flour and finally to being the main ingredient in a loaf of bread.

The students explore the working arable farm and see methods of farming and the features which promote wildlife. En route they participate in activities to illustrate how farming and wildlife work together, playing the pollination game and seed survival game. There is a focus on sustainability, with discussions and games about buying local food and food miles,” says Foxburrow education officer Jenny Kent.

For more details and to make a booking contact Jenny at Foxburrow Farm on 01394 380113 or email

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