Farm visits are a useful way for us to understand the context in which farmers work and what’s important to them. In this post, I'd like to share what I learned during a recent visit to Challacombe Farm on Dartmoor.
Sarah Blatchford is a senior policy adviser in the Future Farming CAP and Transition team which is responsible for managing Environmental and Countryside Stewardship agreements under EU and domestic terms. The team is also working closely with environmental land management colleagues in developing and delivering the new land management schemes.
Sarah has been in the Civil Service since 2003 when she joined the Department of Work and Pensions. She moved to the RPA in 2007, working on the Single Payment Scheme before moving to the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) in 2012. She joined Defra in 2016 to work on the Growth Programme which is part of the RDPE.
Sarah lives in the south-west where she enjoys photographing the beautiful landscapes and wildlife she encounters. She also enjoy history and being outside in the garden whenever possible.
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