Speakers: Rebecca Laughton (Landworkers Alliance)
Although claimed by some to be more productive than large farms, yet deemed by Defra to be virtually irrelevant to mainstream agricultural discourse, little is actually known about the productivity of small farms in the UK. Over the last two years the Landworkers’ Alliance has attempted to shine some light on this by collecting data from 70 agroecological farms of 20ha and less, in its “A Matter of Scale” study. The results of the survey offer insights into the strengths and weaknesses of small farms, ranging from Urban “Micro” farms to slightly larger mixed and horticultural holdings, in 2015. What are the challenges faced by small scale farms and what advantages do they offer in the modern context (especially post Brexit)?