Here you'll find information on our Soil Biodiversity Project:
We aim to bring science closer to citizens while addressing a major societal challenge of our times - loss of biodiversity. The loss of soil biodiversity is degrading our most important natural resource, our soil, and is the reason we have chosen a focus on the biodiversity beneath our boots.
As farmers on the ground, we understand that the soil is at the beginning and end of almost all farm processes and is a vital resource, not only for our farms, but also for the health and nutrient quality of the food we produce. We believe it is vital that farmers take an active role in building a better understanding of soil in all its complexity – particularly regarding biological below ground diversity.
Building farmer and wider citizen understanding of the methods and options available for enhancing soil biodiversity is a first step in transitioning our farming to a model which builds soils and improves the quality of the food those soils produce. Above ground biodiversity is inextricably linked to the diversity of our soils, so starting with the soil is truly starting from the ground up.
Overview of the project:
16 participating farms will engage in a soil biodiversity literacy and enhancement project. There will be an educational component provided by leaders in the field which will be applied in real time on test plots on each farm. The test plots will cover a range of ecosystems and soil types and conditions over several land use practices (horticulture, tillage, pasture grazing, woodland or agroforestry etc) and in different water catchment areas (with a good geographic spread).
Technical innovations (including microBiometers and micro Nutrient meters) and physical innovations (e.g. soil biological activators, mineral amendments, biochar, green manure, compost, compost teas, inoculants etc) will be trialled and documented by farmers and the experiences discussed and shared by participants in a Knowledge Transfer group. The project will be recorded in real time and made available through digital platform and farm walks (when restrictions lift) to interested farmers and citizens to follow and learn alongside.