Mike Purnell

Mike Purnell

2021

Mike has been the Farm Manager of Whitbread Farms in central Bedfordshire since autumn 2018. The farm transitioned to regenerative agriculture in 2016 when it became apparent that the ‘conventional’ farm practice and rotation was detrimental to the economic, social and environmental standing of the farm.

The in hand farming operation covers 1000 hectares of arable cropping and a wide range of soil types, 200 hectares of environmental and a rare bread suckler beef enterprise that mob graze the estate’s parkland.

By all the tools currently available the farm is showing itself to be healthily carbon negative, with no offsetting outside the immediate farmed area.

Prior to this role, Mike converted a heavy land farm on the Sussex Weald to ‘no till’.

Introduction to Groundswell Agronomy & Benchmarking

NIAB Seminar Tent

A common comment by farmers and attendees of Groundswell is how to take the next practical steps on a path to a more regenerative farming system? Hear how Groundswell Agronomy is designed to provide the right advice to assist farmers in future proofing their rural farm business. Benchmarking against other similar businesses is crucial and […]

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Ian Pigott in Conversation with UK No-Tillers

Fungi Tent

Ian Pigott hosts a conversation with George Young, Mike Purnell & Tom Pearson – followed by audience Q&A

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