With at least 35 individuals in attendance at our 'Food and Farming' event, there was certainly some 'food for thought' in relation to the comprehensive and collaborative support that is available right here in Cheshire for growers and producers alike.
That support is not only impressive but is available in a multiplicity of ways, whether it be in sourcing finance and grant aid, in product development, in business growth, in marketing or in communications.
Speakers from Taste Cheshire, NoW Food at the University of Chester and from Reaseheath College, covered some very pressing issues for any businesses, but particularly in relation to those involved in food and farm diversification.
The team discussed a range of issues in an increasingly challenging farming context and in the light of Brexit.
It is interesting to note that almost 50% of our Farmer Network have already diversified — if you are thinking along these lines then watch this space — your SRFN facilitator, Nicola Hall, will be writing a comprehensive follow-up to this event and, as you all know, Nicola provides support in funding and grant applications for our SRFN members.