National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 November 2020

Clubs and counties looking for an activity over the winter months could help take part in a pilot for an innovative farm self-assessment tool with the 2 Minute Farmer.

The pilot is researching methods to help farmers assess and improve their farms in two-minute bursts and unpack complex issues into bite-sized chunks. The project is spearheaded by Duchy College’s Rural Business School, with support from Agri-tech Cornwall and Isles of Scilly project, which is funded by the European regional development fund.

The tool that 2 Minute Farmer wants to pilot is called the ‘Tractor Wheel of Life’. It’s an interactive self-assessment booklet designed to help farmers to take a step back from the farm and think about how balanced it is.

It breaks farming down into 10 key areas, including topics such as work-life balance, finance and the environment, and then connects them on a wheel like the one shown.

2 Minute Farmer is looking for groups to pilot some virtual sessions based on the wheel and give feedback on it. The session takes around 30 minutes to an hour so a perfect length of time for a club meeting. Even if your club has members that aren’t involved in farming, the session is still a fun opportunity to think about how balanced the club is and is an opportunity to learn more about the different aspects of farming.

There are lots of other research activities and tools 2 Minute Farmer is working on, which you can read about on their website.

In particular, they want people involved in farming to fill out the information in farming survey. This means they can produce more resources in the format you want them in.

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