Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network
The Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network (PSAN) was established in 2006 by PLANED to allow farmers/landowners and organisations working in the agricultural sector to influence policy, promote their projects and network with like-minded organisations. Since its inception, the following Sub-groups have formed and where required funding accessed:
- Pembrokeshire Wildfire Group
- Promoting Food & Farming in Schools
- Trialing a voluntary Approach to NVZ (BRICs)
- Shortening Supply Chains
The Network which meets quarterly acts as a forum for farmers and landowners to discuss ideas and develop opportunities relating to sustainable agriculture both economic and environmental. The Network promotes and encourages farming practices that protect and enhance biodiversity and cultural diversity, including local distinctiveness. The Network also promotes diversification and entrepreneurial opportunities and linkages within the rural community by facilitating co-operation and collaboration between key partners, agricultural and geographic communities and communities of interest e.g. food, tourism, energy, thus providing the mechanism to tailor opportunities to local circumstances.
The Network (see attached Piktograph) works closely with many partners and farming/environmental organisations and farming cooperatives such as NFU Cymru, FUW, Pembrokeshire Machinery Ring, Pembs County Council Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, National Trust, NRW, Dwr Cymru, Welsh Government, Pembrokeshire Machinery Ring, , YFC, Lantra, Coed Cymru to name but a few.
Through the Network, awareness raising and capacity building events, seminars, workshops (on and off-farm) are organized working with key partners and advisors to promote many topics eg diversification, positive land management. These are planned with particular emphasis placed on helping farmers to understand and review their resources and opportunities relating to sustainable development and sustainable agricultural practices.
This project builds on lessons learned from PLANED’s Whole Farm Support Schemes (1996-2001 Objective 5b funded) and Harnessing Rural Capital (2006-2008 Article 6 ESF funding)
For more information contact Steven Bradley (email@example.com) at PLANED.