Newsletter – December 2023

Newsletter | December, 2023 Hi Everyone, It’s been a busy few months at Stockfree Farming, and we’re excited to share a variety of important topics and resources. As always, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for reading! Rebecca…

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From Livestock Farming to Market Gardening: A Lifelong Journey of the Heart

Farming has been a part of my life since I was a child. I grew up on a mixed vegetable and dairy farm on the outskirts of Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. For my family, animal welfare was very much wrapped up in religion, as cows are sacred...

Ten Truths About Transitions

Watch Video - Rebecca Knowles, the director of the Stockfree Farming charity, speaks to the Civil Service Vegan Network about the benefits and complexities of transitioning out of livestock farming into alternative forms of land management...

Biocyclic Humus Soil

A Game Changer for Future Agriculture - Watch Dr. Johannes Eisenbach’s excellent talk on the creation and benefits of humus soil...

John Letts

John Letts, Continuous No-Input Cereal Cropping with Heritage Grains Beginning on his small farm in Oxfordshire, and now covering a total area of 1500 acres and still expanding, John Letts has achieved something that even organic experts have labelled ‘impossible’: growing cereals continuously in a stockless, organic system in the...

Veganic Consumer Survey Report

This survey had two primary aims. The first was to help a veganic farmer in transition better understand the local and wider UK market demand for several veganic food products which he was considering producing. In doing so, this would help him decide which crops to grow and what processing...

The Future of Farming

Watch the Podcast - Regenerative Scotland with Ariane Burgess, MSP in conversation with Rebecca Knowles of Stockfree Farming and Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland, talking about how changes in farming practices in Scotland will help us to tackle the climate emergency and restore Scotland's degraded biodiversity...

Thorncroft

Visiting the Orkney archipelago for the first time, it is striking how the landscape is almost completely dominated by livestock with some patches of cereal crops here and there. Yet, tucked in amongst all of this, on the island of Westray lies Thorncroft which immediately stands apart from (and to...

Newsletter Vol.1 No. 4

Scottish Agriculture Bill: Call to action for our readers in Scotland The subsidy system for Scottish agriculture has been in a state of limbo for the past few years and many farmers and crofters are anxious to see what direction it will go in, so that they can commit to making changes...

Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 3 Post

BEYOND THE POSSIBLE: Expanding the Boundaries of Farming and Crofting Stockfree Farming is hosting a free series of webinars by farmers for farmers on radical, stockfree land management beginning NOVEMBER 1ST. Our webinar series introduces farmers, crofters, foresters, and pioneers from Orkney to Oxfordshire who have broken...

Survey Report

Stockfree Farming conducted a qualitative survey of Scottish farmers and crofters from 2021 – 2022. The need to reduce the production and consumption of animal products has been widely accepted as a climate change mitigation measure. The missing piece up to now has been how the farmers themselves feel about...

Tolhurst Organic

The importance of Tolhurst Organic in the world of stockfree farming is immense - a living example of a thriving farm business set in just under 20 acres in Oxfordshire, using absolutely no animal inputs and producing a vast array of vegetables and fruits for a local customer base...

Eat Only British Plants for a Year

Farmers will always be the people who produce our food. This is important to remember. Over the past two years, Stockfree Farming has been assisting farmers who are interested in shifting out of livestock agriculture into fairer, greener livelihoods. In support of these farmers, and all the amazing growers and...

Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 2

Happy New Year to all our members! We hope you enjoyed a lovely break over the festive season and wish you all the very best in the year ahead. Stock-Free Advisory Team Over the past year, we have received an increasing number of enquiries from farmers and crofters interested in adopting stock-free...

Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 1

Welcome to our first newsletter and a big thank you to everyone who has signed up so far! If you’re receiving this and aren’t yet a member, you can sign up by clicking the join button on our website. FFSFF at COP26!! We’ve been lucky enough to secure an indoor stall from the 2nd...

Lobbying Document

Farmers For Stock-Free Farming is a Scottish-based, grassroots organisation established to inspire and support farmers and crofters in transitioning out of environmentally burdensome livestock agriculture into fairer, greener livelihoods that boost rural economies, mitigate climate change, improve food security, support biodiversity, and promote human health...

From Beef and Dairy to Veganic Cereals

An interview with Laurence Candy of Northwood Farm Death informs our relationship to life. Between 2017 and 2019, Laurence Candy of Northwood Farm in Dorset experienced numerous catastrophic events. It began by the loss of almost the entire dairy herd to bovine tuberculosis. Life-threatening family illnesses followed, and then the tragic...

Revisioning Britain

Fifty-five percent of Britain's cropland is currently used to produce animal fee. If we use all of this cropland to grow crops for human consumption we can more than provide for...

Leafu: what this novel food could mean for Scottish agriculture

One of the key issues with transitioning to stock-free agriculture in Scotland is that approximately 86% of the total land area is classified as Less Favoured Area (LFA), which means that growing human-edible crops is often severely disadvantaged if not completely impracticable (Scottish Government, 2019). While there are other alternatives...

Farmers’ Survey Video

Farmers’ Survey Video Everyone can watch the video part of the survey intended for active farmers and crofters. The results of the survey are published on the Stockfree Farming website and shared with other organisations including governmental and media to understand and support the needs of farmers and crofters while...

Artisan Growers to Move

Artisan Growers to Move Aberdeenshire farmers The Artisan Grower to move to new home on hotel estate and revive historic walled gardens From the Press and Journal: The Artisan Grower near Kirkton in Aberdeenshire will move five miles up the road to their new 10-acre farm which will be housed...

Balnamoon Croft

Funded in part by the Woodland Trust’s MOREwoods project, the croft is home to over 10,000 trees: elder, rowan, willow, hazel, ash, aspen, poplar, birch, holly, hawthorn, oak and Scot’s pine...

Land, Food, and Farming

Video and slides from the PowerPoint presentation given by Rebecca Knowles. Tuesday September 1 2020 | Aberdeen Climate Cafe Friday 28 August, 2020 | Vegan Outreach Scotland Discussion Group...

Two Crises – Four Solutions: A Letter to the Scottish Government

A Letter to the Scottish Government by Rebecca Knowles 24 May 2020...

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