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Planning for Uncertainty: Contingency Planning for Small Farms Workshop

November 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all aware of the impact unforeseen events can have on our food and farming businesses. Contingency planning is a way to plan for uncertainty so you’re better prepared to respond to shocks and adapt quickly and effectively. We’ll introduce the basic concepts of contingency planning so you can apply these tools to your own circumstances whether thinking about the continuing effects of the pandemic, looking towards possible impacts of the climate crisis and which crops will work best or just thinking about how you’d manage a long-term staff absence.

This is a workshop session where we will work together to consider ways we can future proof our farms.

Panelists are Katy Barker from Growing Communities who will talk about her experience of future proofing Growing Communities and Helena Dove from Kew Gardens who will talk about which crops are likely to be the most resilient in the face of a changing climate.

Katy’s background is in the non-profit sector. She also works part time at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and she’s a green-fingered food grower in her spare time.

Helena currently manages the Kitchen Garden at Kew Gardens, which is run organically and gives its produce to the on-site cafes and for vegetable sales. Previously, she ran the historic Kitchen Garden at Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield. Before working in horticulture, Helena was a qualified teacher, specialising in Music Technology.

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