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Anne Gow: Speaking at the Leisure Toy & Gift Fair

Anne Gow

Creating a Rural Enterprise Zone

Running farmland is expensive. Diversification projects in which owners and tenants collaborate, create a broader portfolio and wider customer experience than going it alone. My Farm Park and education businesses operate all year. Added appeal comes from tenants providing glamping, camping, horticulture and aquaponics, dog grooming, cake making and decoration equipment. Our tenants have enormous talent, creativity and work ethic. They have invested heavily in their businesses and the farm.

About Anne Gow

Anne Gow, owner of Henleaze Farm, near Faringdon, Oxfordshire, is a farmer’s daughter of many generations. Leaving the farm where she grew up, she lived, worked and travelled across the UK and Europe for 20 years. On her return to Oxfordshire she set up her Farm Park business – Farmer Gow’s – on rented farmland before buying her own small farm in 2007.

Farmer Gow’s offers products and services to a mostly local customer base. Open days, birthday parties, workshops and a Christmas Fayre are the main events. With firewood, ‘pol’ chickens, farm-reared meats and eggs, the calendar is very busy!

A new education service offers three on-farm programmes for Early Years to Key Stage 2; Farm Animals, Horticulture & Aquaponics and Green Energy & Electricity. Farmer Gow’s Education works with two local businesses to deliver these educational programmes – a social enterprise farm tenant and a local green energy charity.

Diversification is the watchword.