FARMERS in Northern Ireland (age 25-35) interested in regenerative agriculture are invited to apply for a trailblazing three-year leadership development programme, NextGen-ReGen 2024, launching this week.
Helping farmers to develop their understanding of regenerative farming, challenge the status quo and increase their business confidence, this new programme is designed to empower those on the journey to a more sustainable future for food, farming and the countryside.
Starting with a five day residential course in a stunning location, participants will learn from a brilliant line up of experts. The £3,000 cost for each of the 20 participants will be fully covered as a bursary to help kickstart a wide-scale transition to regenerative farming in Northern Ireland.
At Belle Isle Castle, with the support of local and international regenerative farming and leadership experts, including Joel Williams, Heather Wildman, Ian Marshall OBE, Helen Keys, Chris Clark, Professor John Barry, Clive Bright and Bronagh O’Kane, participants will grow their understanding of practical regenerative farming and soils, gain business confidence, and learn how to develop a resilient and successful farm business.
The programme is facilitated by the Food Farming and Countryside Commission and generously funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Food, Farming and Countryside Commission’s Northern Ireland Director, John Woods, said, “It is clear that farmers provide the solution to many of the biggest sustainability issues we face in Northern Ireland and must now take the lead. Northern Ireland’s unique agricultural challenges and opportunities need confident, young, innovative farmers equipped to run their business for a sustainable future. We aim to develop a generation of pioneers in agriculture who can work with nature to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss whilst profitably producing the highest quality healthy food.”