Lancashire dairy farmer Kathleen Calvert was unable to attend the recent FFA meeting at Westminster so sent these thoughts about family farms:
- Small farms and medium sized family farms provide a level of food security and community enterprise that is pivotal to local community support systems in the event of natural or man made disaster.
- Small and medium sized family farms are centres of topographical knowledge and skills gained through individual experience that cannot be learned in a classroom environment or from a text book.
- Small family farms and medium sized family farms are our greatest national asset as they strike a balance between nurture and neglect of the land.
- Small and medium sized family farms provide wider local employment and business opportunities for an assortment of small suppliers of goods and professional services where different levels of income and assets spread wealth back into local economies rather than concentrating it and removing aspiration from the reach of honest and ordinary people.
Small and medium sized family farms provide a stability that brings accord at every level. Supporting the dynamic, the strong and the benevolent who have the means to promote stability, harmony and the upholding of honest values.