Chairman: Andrew Burgess- East Anglia
Vice chairman: Mark Wycherley- West Midlands
Nick Adams- East Midlands
Nick Adams is a beef and sheep farmer near Brailsford in Derbyshire – his farm includes an Angus herd and a flock of Polled Dorset ewes.
Haydn Evans- Wales
Adam Westaway- South West
Adam is a 3rd generation farmer dairy farmer from Devon who has been farming organically for over 20 years. The business farms 370 acres of heavy clay with 170 Friesian cows on a grazing based system milking with robots. The milk is produced using no antibiotics for OMSCo’s US premium pool for export as Milk fat, powder or cheeses.
John Pitts- South East
John is a 4th generation tenant farmer in West Sussex. A total of 1500 acres supports 250 dairy cows and 120 followers and a variety of arable crops including milling wheat, malting barley and maize for forage and grain. The dairy is c.96% self-sufficient in feed. Vegetables are grown in partnership with a larger specialist producer
Three composts sites are operated in Sussex and Hampshire processing c.85000 tons of green waste. The resulting composts are used on farm and form part of a range of products sold under the Earth Cycle brand earthcycle.co.uk. Other diversifications include a 5MW solar farm, a commercial business park and a rather challenging project to grow and develop a market for organic lillies!
John is on the membership committee of OMSCO, is Chairman (and the only organic member!) of CCC ltd (a cooperative providing independent agronomy advice on c.50 000 acres across the south of England), holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics and was awarded FW’s sustainable farmer of the Year in 2015.
John Alpe- North West
John Alpe farms New Laund Farm in Whitewell, Clitheroe which is between 500 and 1,500 feet above sea level and on entirely Less Favoured Area (LFA) land in Lancashire.
Life on the farm is always busy with 1,000 ewes, 40 milking cows and 100 young cattle to look after.
All of the land at New Laund Farm is in environmental management and embraces heather regeneration, ground nesting bird habitat management, woodland regeneration, species rich grassland and John also has wild flower hay meadows.
Farming close to the Lancashire town of Blackburn, John is always keen to build relationships with the local Asian community and organises bespoke farm visits for the various faith groups – on occasion providing segregated visits for male and female only groups. And with three and a half kilometres of dedicated concessionary disabled access paths around the farm, any disabled person can use his metal tracks with all-terrain mobility scooters 365 days of the year.
Robin Asquith- North East
Robin is from a soft fruit production background, and after a varied early career settled on farm management. Robin has been the farm manager for Camphill Village Trust based in Botton Village, a 800 acre upland mixed organic farm since 2016. The farms primary aim is to support adults with disability and mental health concerns on farm. The farm runs a small dairy herd, beef herd and sheep as well as a small horticultural cropping area.
Robin was a Farmer Weekly Award finalist in 2015 and 2017 and was a 2016 Nuffield Scholar. Robin is keen to promote the upland farming areas, and the benefits good management can bring to the environment, food and people.