About

 

I am a 35 year old arable farmer from Ashford, Kent, England. I live with my partner Philippa and two children Rose and Charlie.

Rose and Charlie

I work on the family farm with my parents. We farm about 360ha of arable growing wheat, barley, oats, beans and oilseed rape. We currently have a solar farm under construction too.

Solar Farm

We have been direct drilling for 8 years and pure no-till for the past 4 years.

For the last 4 years we have been growing mixed species cover crops which are grazed by my cousins sheep.

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For the last three years I have been experimenting with companion cropping of Oilseed Rape after being inspired by Frederic Thomas of BASE France who spoke at a meeting I attended

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I have also experimented with some intercropping on the farm growing spring OSR and Spring Peas together (Peola)

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It was through all this experimenting, trialling and speaking to people like Frederic Thomas and Jill Clapperton, that I thought studying companion cropping and intercropping through a Nuffield Scholarship would be a great idea. First I had to get permission!! From my other half who was five months pregnant at the time and who would be left and home with all the children while I travelled the world. Also I needed my parents to be on side as they would be doing all the work while I was away. Luckily they all agreed, I applied and now I am starting my Nuffield Journey!!

I am also a committee member of BASE UK (www.base-uk.co.uk), which is a group of farmers who are interested in Conservation Agriculture and share knowledge and experiences through speaker meetings and farm walks.

I also in my spare time I play hockey for Canterbury

 

I am the mad one in Black and Orange in goal!! I also in my spare time enjoy cycling and running if I have any time spare left from spending time with two children and Philippa, who says she is a “harvest widow” in the summer and a “hockey widow” in the winter. She can now add “Nuffield widow” to the list!!

 

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. victor January 19, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Hi Andy, I’m a french Nuffield scholar for 2015. There are a lot of people you could visit on the other side of the channel. I’d like to drop you an e-mail but couldn’t find your adress on here ! Victor

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    • Andy Howard January 19, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks Victor. I was planning to come to France. I will be in touch. Thanks, Andy

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  2. Jeffrey February 10, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Hello Andy, my name is Jeffrey and I work with Restoration Agriculture Development (Mark Shepard). You filled out a form on our website but didn’t provide us with an email to respond to you. Would like to talk with you about your interests with Mark Shepard and Restoration Agriculture Development (radpioneers.com). Can you please fill out the contact form on our website once more so I have an email to write to you. Looking forward to talking with one another!

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