Farm Walk: Village Farm, Sinderby, Thirsk

04 June 2013 10:45 - 04 June 2013 15:00

Village Farm, Sinderby, Thirsk, YO7 4SD

You are invited to a Farm Walk on Tuesday, 4th June 2013, 10.45am – 3pm, Village Farm, Sinderby, Thirsk, YO7 4SD, by kind permission of Phil and Jim Wadsworth.

The event is being organised by Newcastle University’s Nafferton Ecological Farming Group (NEFG) and the purpose of the day is to provide a discussion forum for organic farmers in the north, particularly on the main challenges regarding soil management, maintaining fertility and P and K indices. 
10.30am - Arrival and tea/coffee
11am - Introductions
11.20am – Farm walk around Village Farm
1pm Lunch
1.45pm – 3pm Dr Julia Cooper Newcastle University, will lead a discussion on rotation options and their relative benefits for maintaining nutrient balance, fertility and profitability.
Village Farm is just under 200 acres and until May 2011 was a dairy farm. The Wadsworth have been rearing or wintering heifers for others recently, but this year most of the farm is down to cereal and vegetable crops. Rotations that maintain fertility on the light land and avoid disease and weed build-up are major features to discuss. Please bring along details of your own arable rotations, yields and issues to enable a useful discussion. Use the table on the back of this sheet if appropriate.
There will be a light lunch for everyone and so it is essential that you let us  know if you are planning to come by Friday 31st May, on 01768 881462 or
Directions to Village Farm:
Village Farm is right in the centre of Sinderby, on the east side of the main road, opposite the village green.
From the North:
A1 South carriageway, turn off at The Leeming Bar/ Bedale  junction and follow the service road (which runs parallel to the A1 down the west side of the A1) to the Thirsk turn off (go under the bridge by the Seward’s Claas sales centre) and then take the first left. Stay on this narrow lane until you reach a T junction and turn left again. The farm is about 100 yards on the right, opposite the village green.
From the South:
Come off the A1at Junction 50 and follow the service road to the Masham roundabout, where you go underneath, following signs to Thirsk as from the North.
From Thirsk:
Take the  A61 and after about 5 miles take the right turn onto the B6267 to Sinderby and follow the signs into the village.

Bookmark and Share

Latest blog

Soil and the power of poo

Marianne Landzettel: ‘Give me five more minutes’ signals Gualu Goud as he’s standing on top of one of his five compost heaps working the top layer with a hoe. I met Gualu earlier this month in a village in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). He’s been a cotton farmer for most of his life. Things were ok until about 10 years ago when yields started to drop even though he used increasing amounts of expensive chemical fertilisers. And looking at his soil he felt really bad, there was no life in it, he says.

12 February 2015 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 8