New group aims to connect Isle of Wight farmers with local communities and potential workforce

person handing over a bowl of tomatoes to another person

A new Group which initially aims to connects farmers and a potential land army, "creating jobs and resilience to the Island's local food production" has launched on Facebook

Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 9:03am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

‘We must take better care of ourselves’ says CLA Deputy President as mental health campaign launches

farmer standing in field and looking at the sky

Deputy President of the CLA says farmers are renowned for the care they give to their livestock and the attention they give their crops, but now is the time to better take care of themselves

Tuesday, 11th February, 2020 8:47am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs agrees to Isle of Wight visit

lamb

The Isle of Wight MP said the Island Deal could include support for small-scale abattoirs or humane slaughter on farms, as well as milk storage, grain storage and vegetable box erectors on the Island

Thursday, 6th February, 2020 12:48pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

CLA Isle of Wight debate asks, ‘Can we farm profitably in harmony with nature?’

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With proposed Agriculture and Environment Bills currently delayed, what should farmers be doing to plan for the future? This and similar questions will be covered in the debate

Monday, 6th January, 2020 10:38am

By Michael Sims

‘The idea that Brexit ends on 31 January is wrong’, say CLA President

caged hen

The Present of the CLA says the Government needs to earn the trust of rural communities by guarantee that UK farmers will not be undercut by cheap imports produced to lower standards

Friday, 13th December, 2019 4:34pm

By Michael Sims with one comment

4,500 litres of Isle of Wight milk sold in first five weeks: Now available from ten Island locations

Isle of Wight Milk processing plant at Briddlesford Dairy Farm - bottle of milk being held up outside the farm buildings

From next week Isle of Wight milk processed at Briddlesford Farm will be available in ten locations around the Island. Now longer lasting, the new milk will help protect the Island's heritage

Friday, 6th December, 2019 7:57am

By Sally Perry with one comment

CLA calls on election candidates to back its Rural Powerhouse initiative

Michael Valenzia CLA

CLA launches Rural Powerhouse initiative to secure backing for rural economy and communities through General Election period and beyond

Tuesday, 19th November, 2019 6:48am

By Michael Sims

Isle of Wight farm-stay wins prestigious award and heads to National final

Best Rural Tourism Business winner Tallulah Shepherdly from Nettlecombe Farm. Rural Business Awards, South East Ceremony. Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Kent (

Congratulations to Nettlecombe Farm, who will now go on to represent the South East at the national final in February 2020

Friday, 25th October, 2019 9:08am

By Jodie Jones

New Isle of Wight Milk: A look around the facilities and all you need to know (video)

Carton of Isle of Wight being held outside briddlesford farm

Here’s the description (with pictures) of our tour around the facility, explaining the considerable bravery this has taken and details of what you’re supporting when you buy the new Isle of Wight Milk.

Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019 6:51pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

‘Dairy Innovator of the Year Award’ for Isle of Wight farmer

Paul Griffin receiving BFA award

Flying the flag for the Isle of Wight, Paul Griffin from Briddlesford Lodge farm picked up Gold Award for the ‘Dairy Innovator of the Year’

Monday, 21st October, 2019 10:13am

By Judi Griffin with one comment

What will the impact of Brexit be on Isle of Wight Farmers? OnTheWight investigates

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Farming has a long-standing tradition on the Isle of Wight and a big part of keeping the Island beautiful. OnTheWight sought the views of a range of farmers on Brexit and their thoughts on the effect it might have on their livelihoods

Saturday, 19th October, 2019 10:08am

By Alex Varley-Winter with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Milk will protect heritage and ensure fair price for dairy farmers

Kaysie Reed Matt Elliott and Kirsty Lee SouthernCo-op Paul Griffin Jodie Reed and Mark Reed

New brand of milk launched as a way to protect the Island's heritage, ensure farmers get a fair price for their milk and to lessen the impact on the environment by reducing travel distances

Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 11:53am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments