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March Update

The very wet weather lately has meant there has been quite a delay on the normal activities at this time of year, however, there are still always things to be done on the farm and we’ve had another busy month!

Support Local

Image: BBC News

You may have noticed a convoy of tractors driving through Canterbury at the beginning of March. About 200 farmers, including ourselves, rallied together to take part in a demonstration around the city, standing together to raise awareness and demand an end to cheap imports and the unfair treatment of British farmers.

 Ultimately, it’s to encourage everyone to buy and support local, there are so many benefits for both the farmers and consumers, and it is so crucial for the future of British food. We were blown away by the public support throughout the demonstration, and sincerely hope this starts the movement of supporting local going forward. 

Making Space for Nature

Director Emma Loder-Symonds with Making Space for Nature

We were delighted to be asked to take part in an upcoming podcast alongside Making Space for Nature for the Kent Wildlife Trust. Between the showers and the wind, it was great to tour the farm with the team, discussing all things regenerative agriculture and the ways farmers can help make a difference whilst working with nature. We’ll let you listen once it’s been published.

Nonington Farms Flour

Due to the recent addition of our new powder applicator on the mill, we are now able to sell flour to retail as well as wholesale, and we have been very busy in this department lately. We’re excited to share that our latest stockists include Madre Margate who produce beautifully made sourdough, and local farm shop Fern and Farrow, who support local producers and farmers to provide the best possible products. All part of buying locally produced, quality food. 

Nonington Farms flour in a local farm shop

It’s always exciting to see our range of flours stocking the shelves of local shops and we are proud to partner with other businesses who champion locally grown food.

LEAF Open Farm Sunday

Director, Emma Loder-Symonds, was invited to speak at the LEAF Open Farm Sunday host farmer meeting. The theme for the presentation was ‘farming with nature’, and Emma shared Nonington Farms’ perspective on hosting Open Farm Sundays, and the many great benefits of sharing the farm with the local community. 

Director Emma Loder-Symonds speaking at OFS

Team news

Last but not least, we would like to say good-bye and a huge good luck to our Assistant Farm Manager, Hugo Dwerryhouse. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Hugo for all his work at Nonington Farms over the last two years, and wish him all the very best for his future endeavours.