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The Organic Research Centre introduces the Young Organic Farmer/ Grower of the Year Award 2021

Ashley Wheeler and Kate Norman of Trill Farm Garden, Musbury, Devon, were announced as winners of ORC’s first YOFY award on 30th September 2021 at a special 40th anniversary event at FarmEd.

The judges recognised Ashley and Kate’s commitment to organic principles and how their attention to good soil management and biodiversity has helped them deliver quality vegetable production despite a farm with a high water table and poor drainage. They were also commended for their commitment to ongoing training, including their support for the Landworkers’ Alliance. Ashley and Kate win a donated prize of £1,500 and a trophy.

Commenting on their success, Ashley Wheeler, said:

“It is fantastic to get this recognition, which reinforces the value of our focus on soil management, seed sovereignty and organic production methods in our business.

“Now, more than ever before, organic farming principles offer an opportunity for mainstream agriculture and horticulture to embrace nature-friendly farming and deliver sustainable and resilient food production across the UK. That’s why we’ve been focused on supporting training schemes and mentoring young people as they embark on their careers in the industry.”

Highly commended nominees included Juno Norman, The Wicton Farm Team and Rosa Holt.

The YOFY award trophy and Mark Measure’s retirement gift, both presented at ORC’s 40th anniversary event on 30th September 2021

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