This report from Nuffield Farming Scholar, Michael Blanche, takes as its title and inspiration a book by George Henderson The Farming Ladder.
As he says “It is full of wisdom and he left a book to the world that — almost 70 years on — will still be inspirational to some and certainly was to me.
The book tells the story of his progression from city boy to successful business man. That was his Farming Ladder: gaining his skills, gaining some land, making good profits and growing his equity, all in a variety of different ways. That is what the farming ladder is — simple progression but multi-faceted progression. . . This report will try to doff its cap to George Henderson’s holistic approach to the farming ladder. Progression — from little to a lot — in all its forms, which includes land and assistance but also, more importantly, traits the individual has within his or her control (what they can do for their own ladder).”