Discover Farming is an educational project organised and run by The Melplash Agricutural Society (registered charity number 1130201). We are extremely grateful to all of the business and individuals who have already donated money and services to help us start the project. In order to keep everything going we are very reliant on further donations and sponsorship and we very much hope you will consider supporting Discover Farming. In return we can offer a number of benefits depending on the level of sponsorship. Please click here to see what sponsorship packages we can offer. Discover Farming sponsors will be promoted on both the Melplash Agricultural Society and Discover Farming websites.
Thank you to the following who have supported Discover Farming so far:
The Alice Ellen Dean Charitable Foundation
Mr Adam Fenwick
Lord & Lady Wynford
The GF Eyre Charitable Trust
Mr & Mrs DJH Parry
Sir Howard and Lady Davies
The Honorable Mrs Annie Crutchley
Mr Robert Froy
Mr Henry and County Cllr Mrs Rebecca Knox
Mr & Mrs Marcus and Jean Beresford
Since 1943, we have been at the forefront of pioneering farming principles. We have identified organic farming as our chance to diversify and specialise. Our 2,000 acres of Soil Association, Certified Organic Farmland, has allowed us the opportunity to launch, partner with and support many other rural enterprises. It is our ambition to continue developing our estate and portfolio of businesses and partnerships. As well as several commercial tenants on the estate, we have Milk Pool, Storage, Retail, Solar and Mail Order businesses that benefit directly from our financial and managerial support.
Mole Valley Farmers was started in 1960 by a small group of farmers around South Molton who were concerned by the discriminatory practices and the large margins being taken by many of their input suppliers. From the outset it was decided to treat all members equally, subject only to quantity allowance and that the Company would operate on the minimum margin to allow continuity and growth.
Ford Farm is a West Country Farmhouse Cheesemaker idyllically located in the rolling Dorset Downs, overlooking the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
Shearwell Data are experts in animal identification, both visual and electronic. Their specialty is EID technology – designing tags, tools and software that farmers can rely on. Shearwell Data is located on a working farm on Exmoor, where they develop and test all their products under real-world conditions. They pride themselves on their knowledge of the agricultural industry, their fast, efficient service and competitive prices.
Handelsbanken is a full-service bank with a decentralised way of working, a strong local presence due to a nationwide network of over 200 branches and a long-term approach to customer relations. At Handelsbanken, relationship banking still lives up to its name. You deal with people you know, and decisions are made locally by your branch. Our simple aim is to provide the best possible service to our personal and business banking customers. This is perhaps just one of the reasons we have been voted top for customer satisfaction in an independent survey of British banks for nine years running. (EPSI, Oct 2009-2017).
The National Farmers Union is the most successful representation body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales. We are here to give farmers and growers a voice: locally, nationally and internationally; and to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers and to secure the best possible deal for our members. With a network of over 300 local offices, supported by the NFU Mutual, the local Group Secretaries are there to help local members; Dorset has six NFU offices, with Beaminster serving the Melplash and West Dorset area.
Need to hire a coach? Damory have a range of great coaches to hire at very reasonable prices! They cover Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, so whether you’re just travelling locally or further afield Damory can cater for your needs
Kennedys Estate Agents in Bridport is a long-established, busy independent estate agency specialising in property for sale in West Dorset. We are a long-term team with excellent local knowledge of the area and an emphasis on personal service. We aim to ensure that moving is a pleasant rather than stressful experience and we are on hand for advice and guidance through the whole process of buying or selling.
Delamere Dairy is a company based in Cheshire, which specialises in producing high quality, scrumptious dairy products including delicious Goats’, Cows’ and Soya products – cheeses, milk, yoghurt and butter.
We are extremely grateful to Dorset County Council for their support towards our Discover Farming project. In 2015 they very kindly donated a classroom to the Society which is now located at Washingpoolpool Farm just outside Bridport and will become an Educational Centre.
Pearce Seeds are an independent agronomy and agricultural services company based in the South West. Pearce Seeds is part of the Pearce Group of Companies who supply farming and agricultural products and services to the South West: Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Hampshire & Gloucestershire.