Welcome to the Farmer Network

The Farmer Network is a not for profit organisation solely developed to help, support and guide farmers by providing services and benefits to two distinct local communities, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. It is run by farmers for farmers.

Our aim is to support local farmers to work together to save costs, increase income, knowledge and skills, and cope with paperwork. Read More



THe Farmer Network is looking for a Managing Director working 3 days a week, but it could be full time for the right person, depending on what skills they bring to the job: salary £33 - £40 k pro rata.

Job Specification 

Application Form

Application closing date 22 May 2015.


Farmer Coordinator - North Cumbria - self employed with contracts issued on a job by job basis - guidance on rates on the job basis.

Job Specification 

Application closing date 22 May 2015.




 Farmer membership of the Network is available from less than £1 per week:

 £50+VAT by direct debit

£60+VAT by cheque/BAC

This can be easily recouped through savings on fuel buying, plastic recycling, carcass collection, training courses and training grants. You will also benefit from keeping up-to-date through our newsletters, gaining and sharing knowledge and ideas at meetings and events, regulations and grant updates and much more.

 As well as farmers being able to join the Farmer Network, we also offer:

 Corporate Membership to businesses with a connection to farming to help promote their services

The general public who wish to join as a domestic member to benefit from the savings of our fuel buying scheme.



Countryside Stewardship – Water Capital Grants 2015

Takes over from what were Catchment Sensitive Farming Grants. Applications are open until 30 April 2015 with the maximum grant per business of £10,000

Countryside Stewardship – Woodland Grants 2015

For woodland creation, management plans and tree health. More items to be announced in July 2015.

Countryside Productivity Scheme

Takes over from the Farm and Forestry Improvement Scheme. 40% grant rate, EITHER small grants from £2,500 to £35,000 – can be for a range of small items OR large grants between £35k and £1m can be for a range of large grant items. Applications open in the first funding round until 30 June 2015.

For more details on the above see the Grants see the Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales Grants Advice webpages in the Members section.


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Training Vouchers

The Princes Countryside Fund has given The Farmer Network further funding to support the training voucher scheme we are running. The £200 vouchers are available at one per membership and targeted at farmers aged 15 - 40. The vouchers can be put towards any technical training and is on a first come first serve basis.

The young farmers that we had on our waiting list over the summer have been awarded their vouchers and are now able to put them towards the training of their choice.

The funding for the vouchers is limited so The Farmer Network decided to give priority to new applicants and those who have had 2 or more training vouchers in the past will be put on a waiting list and if at the end of the scheme year money is left the voucher will then be given.

Training Voucher Application form

For further details contact Melanie Mawson at Head Office on 01768868615.




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The Farmer Network
The Grasmere Building,
Newton Rigg College,
Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH

tel: 01768 868615


Farmer Network Current Projects 

Some projects within the Current Activity list funded by the EU are part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.  http://ec.europa.eu

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