Rachel Hallos is a tenant hill farmer in Ripponden, West Yorkshire. Previously the farm was a traditional dairy producer/retailer but since the early 2000’s she and her family changed business model to incorporate farming for the environment and now run an award-winning pedigree beef herd of Salers and 400+ hill breeding sheep. They work in partnership with their landlord, Yorkshire Water, RSPB, Natural England and Moors for the Future on various environmental projects including Flood alleviation, restoration and protection of Tradional Hay Meadows and Heather Generation. The family also run a successful holiday let and a growing contacting business. Prior to this she has held roles as a systems analyst for a large insurance company and headed the retail team for an independently owned greeting card publishing company.
• What are the opportunities for farmers within environmental markets? And are they right for you? • What does the journey to selling ecosystem services, such as carbon credits, look like for different farmers and where should you begin? • What tools and resources can help you on your journey?