Supporting farmers across the UK
People are asking how they can support the farming community at this time. Many farmers have had a really difficult autumn and winter with heavy rain and flooding. Some have lost crops, and many are behind with this season’s planting. Now that drier weather appears to have arrived those whose land is dry enough are catching up with planting.
The current crisis with Covid 19 affects farmers in different ways depending on the crops being produced. Supermarkets have significantly increased demand for some products, but others – such as lamb, which we normally export – has seen a drastically reduced market.
Farms and local businesses are adapting to the new conditions though and you will now find a range of fresh produce being offered that can be delivered to your doorstep or boxed and collected. Details of websites can be found below. If you have a farm or community shop in your area, please support it as much as you can. They often post on village Facebook pages with up-to-date information on the services they are providing, or you can look at their website.
Now might be a good time to think about getting milk delivered. Some farmers have moved into direct selling of their milk; there are details below. As well as supporting the farmer the glass bottle will be better for the environment.
Some farmers are, like many of us, finding life tough at present for all kinds of reasons. Farming Help brings all the farming charities together. They can help by providing someone to talk to, help with drawing up contingency plans, and other farm related issues. Call 03000 111 999 or visit farminghelp.co.uk.
Perhaps you could display this information on an outside notice board and keep it to hand in case you hear of someone who needs their help.
Farm shops and milk delivery
A prayer for farmers
We pray for the farming community as they continue to work hard to bring us food. Bless them as they sow crops and care for livestock.
Surround them with your love so they may know they are cared for and valued. Help us to be thankful for the food they produce and not to waste it.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural Officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches
Revd Dr Mark Betson, National Rural Officer for the Church of England
You can find more information and resources to help you support and encourage farmers across the UK in our Together Apart: A rural church response to coronavirus hub.