Wishing all our Trustees, volunteers and beneficiaries  a Happy Healthy and Prosperous  2018

We are keen to promote the Uplands Farm Business Academy sessions starting in February

The Fresh Start Uplands Farm Business Academy is based around learning key principals needed to help run a successful farm business. We bring in a range of professional speakers both from local and national levels such as bankers, accountants, solicitors, environmental advisers and land agents. We then combine this alongside real life farming and business case studies and visits to help provide information and support. The academy is designed to build confidence and knowledge, create unique networking opportunities and introduce new ways of thinking and working.

With an emphasis on upland enterprises, we introduce complementary business sessions such as a full ‘tenancy exercise’ including interview practice and developing a business plan and presenting it. Diversification and establishing a range of income streams is also very important for the Uplands and we look at this in more detail, along with the complex planning issues often encountered in these areas and associated environmental schemes.

So if you are looking for inspiration in a supportive environment – It’s time to put your business ideas into action!

The proposed Academy dates are:
27 February: Evening session
6 March: Full Day (2 sessions)
13 March: Evening session
17 April: Evening Session
24 April: Evening Session
1 May: Full day (2 sessions)
8 May: Evening Session
15 May: Evening Session
22 May: Evening session

Application Deadline 11 February 2018




We are a Farming Charity supporting people living and working in the Peak District  based in  Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell .

Please feel free to call in  for a chat when you are at market. Our office is in the DDCVS section opposite Bagshaws Estate Agents.

From November 6th every 2nd week we have use of meeting room 3 which is next to the main store ring, where our Farm Business Advisor  Jonathan and our Rural Health Worker Rachel are available to offer you a brew and a chat in confidence on market mornings.

We help facilitate the Princes Countryside Fund Farm resilience group for working farmers

We run regular social groups at various locations  for retired and semi retired farmers of all ages

Our Farm business advisors are available to visit you on farm – please contact us

Our Macmillan Health Coordinator  can arrange telephone or at home visits to support you or your family with issues surrounding cancer and other life limiting conditions.


Our  new address is The Farming Life Centre, Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AH. The new telephone number is 01629 810903  .


Thank you to Litton properties for their generous sponsorship of our storage solution


The Farming Life Centre supports farming and rural life in the Peak District.

Our Social Groups for rural communities   for tea and chat , lunch clubs and speakers

Ashford in the Water  at the War Memorial Insitute Group  meets weekly on Wednesdays

Flash – based in the New Inn – meets monthly

 Boylestone –  based at primitive Methodist church  meets monthly

Hartington – based in the village Hall meets monthly


Contact us at the  centre to join our social groups.