Redundant to Refined: Agritech Farm Barn Opened by Adam Henson

On Friday 30 th June, more than 100 visitors gathered to celebrate the official launch of the Farm491 Harnhill workspaces at Manor Farm. The launch party commenced at 3.15pm with Farm491 members, RAU representatives, academics, media and experts connected to the agricultural sector all sharing in the occasion. With welcome speeches, tours of the new premises and networking with members, the event was a huge success, topped off by the official ribbon cutting by Countryfile Presenter Adam Henson.

Adam Henson said; “It has been a huge honour to officially open the new technological work spaces at Harnhill Manor Farm – part of the Farm491 agritech development. The Royal Agricultural University has personal connection to me as my father studied here years ago, so it has been a pleasure to share in this celebration.”

He adds; “Agriculture is rapidly changing and technology is shaping and carving its future. Not only do we need to drive for profit and innovation in farming, but surrounding ourselves with good people, sharing ideas and working collaboratively is key to success. The future of agriculture relies on hard work, a collaborative attitude, innovation, entrepreneurship and giving back – and this is exactly what the Farm491 enterprise does. Farm491 will facilitate innovation in farming and its extremely exciting to be part of this technological innovation.”

Verity Payne from Farm491, added; “The launch event on Friday 30th June was a great occasion and we’d like to thank all of our members for joining us to share their innovations. Farm491 aspires to help innovators convert ideas to reality and support their growth by providing offices, workshops, and expert advice. By becoming a member of Farm491 you’re investing in an exciting agritech community. The initial stages of launching and growing a business can be extremely challenging and daunting and that’s why at Farm491 we care enormously about our members and our priority is to nurture entrepreneurs throughout their journey from product conception to launch and beyond.”