We recognise that farmers are the backbone of the rural landscape, and that the farming sector is facing uncertainty in terms of a changing climate, market instability, and declining profits. We want to help the farms in our area to thrive, so they can continue to contribute to more sustainable and resilient rural economies and communities.
Farm diversification is one way to try to counteract some of this uncertainty in the sector, potentially creating new funding streams and consistent cash flow. New to this round of LEADER, is our ring-fenced funding specifically set aside for farm diversification, and also rural enterprise (businesses).
We seek to fund activities that align with the values/aims in our Local Development Strategy. Have a look at our page about FVL LEADER to explain the values and aims of the fund. Some examples of the types of Farm Diversification activities that could be funded: