Cutting variable costs to focus on soil health

EmmaGrow, Protect

Regenerative agricultural practices at Nonington Farms have started to show results as the focus moves away from high input high output and focus more on improving soil health. So much so that Farmers Weekly heard all about it, and have published an in depth article about our practices which you can read here. Efficiency is one of the cornerstones of … Read More

Success at YEN Awards for wheat

EmmaGrow

Nonington Farms achieved success at the national YEN Awards for crops grown in 2020 (awarded in 2021), winning first prize in the regional feed wheat section, and gaining third prize overall in the national milling wheat competition. The judges commended Nonington Farms for their innovative farming methods, noting particularly their ability to reduce their input costs by as much as … Read More

LEAF Demonstration Farm Launch

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NFL has now launched as a LEAF Demonstration Farm. On 16th June 2020 we held a virtual launch to over 80 people and were officially launched by Phil Spencer. We became the 41st such Demonstration Farm to be launched, and are currently the only one in the South East. Watch the launch here. The launch, chaired by Philip Wynn, Chairman … Read More

Winner of LEAF-Bayer Farming Primary aged Partnership Awards

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Forest school

We only went and won it! Delighted to say that we are now the proud winners of the LEAF-Bayer Farming Primary Partnership award! This award “celebrates a farm that has built and continues to build a successful relationship with primary schools (5-11 year olds) and makes a valuable and sustained contribution to school life, both on and away from the … Read More

And the winner is…

EmmaLearn

Nonington Farms wins first prize at the Bayer-LEAF Education Awards 2019. The prestigious prize recognised the efforts that the farm has built and continues to build a successful relationship with primary schools (5-11year olds) and makes a valuable and sustained contribution to school life, both on and away from the farm. The winners were announced last week at a prestigious … Read More

Autumn drilling update

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Drilling

The oil seed rape went in to the ground relatively easily and on time, this year. The dry conditions made things fairly straightforward, although the flea beetle seem to have had other ideas. The dry weather, however, continued, so we started drilling winter wheat and barley later than usual and only when there was a chance of some rain. Of … Read More

Farm Education Award shortlist

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Farm visit

Nonington Farms is delighted and hugely honoured to have been shortlisted for the LEAF-Bayer Education Awards in the Primary school category. The farm is delighted to have been recognised by the judges for the educational work they do in linking children of all ages to the farmed environment. The Bayer-Leaf Education Awards celebrate those who “go the extra mile to … Read More

Farmers Weekly interview

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Farmers Weekly were keen to catch up with James last week, as Nonington Farms was probably one of the first farms in the country to start harvesting oil seed rape. To read the article in full click here: https://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/harvest/harvest-2019-oilseed-rape-combining-kicks-off-in-kent

Recipes

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Thomas is the woods

At Seedlings we enjoyed learning and picking wild garlic, which is in abundance during the spring, when the leaves start spreading out under the leaf-less canopy on the woodland floor. The leaves are obvious to distinguish due to their garlicy smell, but if you’re uncertain, rub the leaf between your fingers and then smell your fingers. Wild garlic leaves can … Read More

Coppicing in the woods

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Our coppicing programme is nearly over for the year. We have coppiced a few hectares of woodland, as we do every year. This means cutting down trees such as hazel and chestnut to the ground. By doing this we allow light to get on to the woodland floor, enabling flowers such as bluebells and garlic to thrive. Cutting down the … Read More