Help for farmers

FARMERS who want to provide holiday accommodation can take advantage of a series of courses set up with the help of a government grant of £20,000 to Farm Stay Yorkshire.

The courses include marketing through podcasts and the internet, developing farm experience breaks for visitors and enhancing cooking and food as a means of earning further income.

Yorkshire is acknowledged as being a favourite location for tourism but only one per cent of farm businesses are engaged in it.

Stay-at-home tourism is becoming more popular due the fall in the overall economy and providing tourism accommodation could be vital in future especially to hill farms to keep them viable.

The courses are being held at times and locations thought to be most suitable to people who work on farms and there is no restriction on the size of farms or small holdings whose owners can take part.

Details and costs of the courses are available from Barbara Huddart, Project Coordinator by emailing or telephone (01668) 283044.