Tag Archives: farm diversification

Farming must think outside the box

Farming and the Health Budget.5.Care in the Community.

There are sectors in farming with spare B & B capacity, some at certain times of the year, some 365. With the right training and support, there is a capability here to integrate with the Health budget. One post-hospital treatment supervisor could manage, say, 5 to 10 farm sites with maybe upwards of 20 patients (customers?).    We need to make better use of tax-payers/ cash by integrating different parts of the economy and getting two benefits for the price of one. Fresh air, gold good, genuinely caring people, relaxing recuperation could improve recovery rates.

Bill Butterworth,  Land Research Ltd.

Farming and the Health Budget.5.Care in the Community.

There are sectors in farming with spare B & B capacity, some at certain times of the year, some 365. With the right training and support, there is a capability here to integrate with the Health budget. One post-hospital treatment supervisor could manage, say, 5 to 10 farm sites with maybe upwards of 20 patients (customers?).    We need to make better use of tax-payers/ cash by integrating different parts of the economy and getting two benefits for the price of one. Fresh air, gold good, genuinely caring people, relaxing recuperation could improve recovery rates.

 

Bill Butterworth,  Land Research Ltd.

NHS staff need a countryside break

The only way is up.

 

Farming and the Health Budget.4.Staff Recreation.

I have not heard anyone criticise NHS staff in recent years.  Most of them are underpaid, over-worked and exhausted.  Many feel under-valued.  Part of the cure could be give them a break, on a farm, in the countryside. Regularly, return refreshed and more productive with fewer mistakes.  Worth every penny. Able to prepare patients better and sooner for care in the community.By the way, if Michael Gove’s Civil Servixce advisors have a problem with the way farmers have taken care of the countryside, the should see it when God has it all to himself.

Food security and health security are complimentary.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd. 3 March 2018

 

 

Farm Labour and change

 

 

Post Brexit, UK farming faces the biggest change for over 100 years.  So, is there a connection between this…

… and this?

 

Farming and the Health Budget.  3. Health Education

Fresh air, walking, communing with nature, getting away from the rush, good food.  Farming is now grubbing out young, viable fruit orchards for apples, pears, plumbs, raspberries, strawberries – and because EU labour has gone back home. If people want welfare support, health support, then each individual has to help themselves wherever they can.  Gentle exercise fruit picking, together with others at the same stage of health, under the guidance of health specialists, could do for themselves, farming, the nation and the Budget, and the taxpayer a favour.  And it could be fun!  Pretty good for NHS staff, too.

We really do have to start thinking outside the box in order to ensure profit is generated in farming because that is where the resources come from to maintain what the politicians politely call “the environment”.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 2 March 18

Peace in our time – farming for others

THIS

Can deliver this to others

Farming and the Health Budget.2. Recuperation

Recuperation in the community clearly reduces the pressure on hospitals and GP’s.   organising close links and understanding between the health services and farms has some clear advantages in terms of relaxation, fresh air, exercise, good food and mental repair and re-building hope.  However, it only works if the farm used is a production operation because the hope of harvest, the hard work of others, the peace in that hard work, is what allows peace to the visitor.

What better place to learn about diet and health education than on a farm.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd. 27 Feb 18

 

Farming, the NHS and Exercise

Farming and the Health Budget.No 1 of 9 daily posts; Exercise

WHAT’S THE FINANCIAL CONNECTION BETWEEN THIS…

..AND THIS?

How about government joining the farm and health budgets and offering cash for a joint program between a hospital, local GP’s and local farmers to run jointly-designed exercise programs to;

  • Promote health generally. (so as to reduce health costs later.)
  • Prepare for operations. (e.g. lose weight).
  • Recuperate after treatment.
  • Prevent recurrence.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd. 26 February 18

 

Farming and the NHS Budget

Will any government keep its farm support promise, post Brexit? Should it? Will it be able to afford to? Here is an alternative if government gets short of cash – and it will!

Farming takes around £3 billion out of the EU pa.  If Brexit does go through, then that will disappear. The UK government has promised to match that for 5 years.  One has to suspect that there may be a certain amount of scope to interpret that. Most of the public cannot remember the country being short of food. The pressure from the voting public to support farming may pall into insignificance compared with pouring cash into the NHS. So can farming offer something to the NHS?  Farming manages the great outdoors and produces some of the safest food in the world.  These are directly related to both health (including all aspects of physical and mental health, preferably viewed holistically) and the cost of running the health services. Over the next 9 daily posts of this blog, I shall be raising some questions about the way farming could give the government two benefits for the price of one.

Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 25 February 2018