The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme was launched in 2016 by HRH The Prince of Wales, who recognises that family farms are the heart of the British countryside and that their health is vital for rural communities across the UK.
The programme aims to help family farm businesses improve their confidence, efficiency, and resilience. It brings together like minded farm enterprises in local networks, to help them review their current activity, identify opportunities and improvements that can be made on-farm to build resilience, and to help sustain a diverse farming sector in the UK.
A key feature of the programme is the Business Health Check Tool, an entry-level benchmarking tool designed to demonstrate the benefits of improved record keeping on farm, and allow anonymised comparison against similar businesses.
The programme is formed of group workshops and one-on-one meeting with local coordinators. The workshops focus on different business skills to maximise profitability and resilience. Following their completion, the group as a whole is asked to identify the topics and priorities for two more alumni workshops, which take place six months later, meaning the programme is uniquely tailored to your area.
The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme 2017-18 is being run in 15 locations around the UK, and is open to family farms whose main enterprise is livestock or dairy. Many of the farms who participate are mixed, with more than one on-farm enterprise, including diversification to help bring in an additional income. The programme is relevant to both owner occupied and tenanted farms, on conventional or organic systems. Farms sign up to the programme as a family business and the whole family are invited to attend workshops.