The Carbon Farm

Lighthouse

Land use(s)

  • Mixed
  • We assist farmers, land owners and gardeners with their soil health.

Successes / outcomes

  • Improvement in soil health
  • Working with farmers to understand their soil health and improve it holistically
  • Working with farmers, through their soil regeneration strategies, to become sustainable
  • Increased participation.

Methods / issues being explored

  • Remediation of land
  • Whole system approach
  • Solutions to reduce erosion and land degradation
  • Reduced use of / alternatives to inorganic fertilisers
  • Crop rotation
  • Soil tillage and management
  • Reduced use of control chemicals
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Within the context of the farm, helping farmers adopt five soil health principles:
    1. Minimising soil disturbance
    2. Keeping the soil covered
    3. Keeping a living root in the ground
    4. Increasing diversity
    5. Integrating livestock.

Data being collected on

  • Soil health
  • Costs
  • Biodiversity
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Social engagement.

Methods of data collection

  • Visual assessments
  • Commercial laboratories
  • Total soil carbon analysis
  • The carbon check analysis
  • Chemical assessments
  • Biological assessments.

Types of organisation involved

  • Farmers
  • Land owners
  • Businesses
  • Consultants.

Outreach

  • Open days
  • One-to-one contact
  • Events/festivals
  • Training courses
  • School visits
  • Social media

Networks this organisation / initiative is involved in

  • Groundswell
  • Innovative Farmers
  • The Soil Association
  • British Hemp Alliance
  • H.E.M.P (Health and Environment Management Project)
  • The Oxford Farming Conference
  • Sustainable Soils Alliance
  • 4per1000
  • Soil Food Web School

Website:
www.carbonfarm.je  (currently under construction)

Contact:
Chris O'Brien
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01534 409602

Postcode:
JE2 3FL

Other organisations involved:

  • None

Land use type:

  • Upland

    Mixed

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