A practical approach to assessing farm sustainability

Sustainability is more than just being good to the envi-ronment or developing a robust business. It has many facets including the use of resources, animal welfare, social engagement and local support, but also quality of life for the proprietor and this demands that the business generates a cash surplus. The Public Goods (PG) tool is a simple way to understand how your business compares and it highlights areas of strengths and weaknesses. Based on a fairly straight forward questionnaire, the 9 themes of the PG tool are able to produce a snapshot of the business. In this session we will look at the results from some typical organic and low input farms and see how this analysis of the farm can help advisors provide clients with cohesive long term advice and proprietors develop a more sustainable business.


Theme: food systems
Published: 27th November 2014
Author: William Waterfield