Farming Connect Event
Open Day Blaencamel Farm, Cilcenin 31st May
Canolfan Hinsawdd Cymru, as part of the Farming Connect Climate Change Development Programme, is hosting an open day at Blaencamel Farm, Cilcenin,Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 8DB on Tuesday 31th May 2011 from 14:00 to 16:00.
Sustainability has been at the heart of Blaencamel Farm's ethos for the last 36 years. Peter Seggers has been measuring the 50-acre farm’s carbon footprint for many years and has adapted his business practices to become carbon neutral. With over 50% of the footprint coming from manufactured fertilizer Peter was one of the first famers to start farming organically over 36 years ago. To reduce their use of artificial fertilizer the farm is managed to encourage fertility building in the soil. Crop production starts with clover and grass and supports the sheep flock. Blaencamel also produces a natural compost providing four functions to the business; good nutrition for the soil; removing the need for artificial fertilizer; adding a comprehensive mix of microorganisms counteracting soil disease; and transforming waste into something useful.
With an acre of Greenhouses the farm is able to produce local fresh fruit and vegetables all year round to Soil Association Standards. Back in 2010, Blaencamel Invested in a renewable energy source – Solar photovoltaic panels that produce renewable electricity. Dulas (installers) recommended installing 39 of the 210W solar PV panels on the roof of a barn, creating an 8.2kW system. The farm now generates 80% more electricity than it needs and is able to produce enough electricity to run the farmhouse, farm shop and a range of other farming operations, while also powering the business into the future.