I have had the privilege of being involved in farming from a young age. We originally had a 60 acre family fruit farm in Kent. Over the last 10 years I have managed to expand to 160 acres growing apples, pears, cherries and some various soft fruits. In that time I have also worked as the fruit manager of a family estate's fruit department consisting of 400 acres of orchards nearby.
Biodiversity for the Future of Fruit Farming
My project is based on something that I have been actively practicing for years, improving biodiversity. We are constantly losing chemical ammunition and it cannot be 100% relied upon. Improving and allowing nature to try and combat some of the challenges that we encounter is going to be vital for the future.
We have already achieved some good results in the fight against pest and disease by introducing certain plants and encouraging beneficial insects with the right habitats. Pollination of crops can be greatly improved by preservation of the right surroundings and managed accordingly can be financially beneficial.
I do not believe that there is a silver bullet that can solve all of our issues, but during my study tour I hope to find and share some nuggets from around the world that will benefit greatly.