Carbon Farming: positive change from the ground up

by Farm Carbon Toolkit in 

We did it
On 10th March 2017 we successfully raised £4,255 with 27 supporters in 42 days

To encourage many more farmers to adopt Carbon Farming, helping tackle climate change whilst improving soils, food, water and farm profits.

by Farm Carbon Toolkit in

Consulting with farmers

April has been a busy month for us shaping up how this project will work. The first piece of work will be on the Farm Carbon Calculator, but before we do anything technical we want to get a group of farmers round the table to discuss what improvements and changes they would like to see.

To this end we are forming our focus groups, consisting of farmers of varying scales, situations, enterprises and geographical locations. We'll get them all together in a room to discuss solutions to making improvements to the Calculator, what usability functions they would like to see, and how they would like see it developing in the future. Also, in a wider sense, we are keen to know how reducing their carbon emissions impacts on them personally and on their businesses, and how the impacts can be made greater.

This is one of the things we do best - talking to farmers on their level and understanding what they want and need. It's one of the reasons we think we're so well placed to do this sort of work, where we're actually helping farmers to reduce their carbon emissions through real changes that are both practical and profitable.

We'll post more updates here soon when the process is underway, which will be soon.


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

1 of 250 claimed

£10 Reward

Become a supporter and receive a free pack of special soil carbon building seed mix from Cotswold Seeds. You can sow this in your garden or allotment. You will also receive regular updates about progress and be acknowledged as a supporter on our website. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you.

£25 or more

2 of 200 claimed

£25 Reward

A native broadleaf tree will be planted, and looked after, on one of the trial Carbon Farming farms, with your name attached to it. Plus be an acknowledged project supporter and keep in touch with developments. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£50 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£50 Reward

Invite to a special event with 2016 UK Soil Farmer of the Year Clive Bailye, who runs an arable farm in Staffordshire. Enjoy tea and cake with Clive afterwards! A unique experience to learn about soil management on farm from an expert, and see the working of a modern and innovative arable farm at first hand. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£100 or more

0 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Experience day - lambing at Hayne Oak Farm in Devon. Experience lambing at this pedigree sheep farm in this beautiful part of Devon, followed by lunch with farmer and FCCT Director Liz Bowles at the farmhouse. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£100 or more

1 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Experience day - a tour of award winning Westmill Wind and Solar farm in Oxfordshire, with FCCT director Adam Twine. Stand underneath the big turbines and walk amongst the rows and rows of solar panels. Over lunch with Adam you can learn more about his vision of providing affordable community renewable energy, and how the project came about. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£100 or more

1 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Experience day - a tour of Honeydale Farm, an experimental farm testing green manure and fertility building crops in the Cotswolds. Run by Cotswold Seeds, this is a very innovative project that aims to showcase carbon sequestration and fertility building in soils. Furthermore they are serious about encouraging wildlife on the farm. Over lunch with owner Ian Wilkinson, discover the importance of green manures to farming, the story of Honeydale, and Ian's personal journey to becoming a highly respected figure in the industry. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£100 or more

1 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Experience day - a tour of Hill View Farm, an arable farm that is also home to a very innovative solar PV and storage setup in Hampshire. Learn about the arable farming year, see the energy system in operation and walk around the machinery that is essential to modern farming. Over lunch at the local pub ask farmer and FCCT director Andrew Rigg about his journey through farming and interest in all sorts of renewable energy systems.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Bronze business support. Your business logo promoted throughout the course of this project.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Silver business support. Your business logo promoted prominently throughout the course of the project. Get a free promotional stand at a end of project event.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Gold business support. A primary project supporter. Your business logo promoted prominently throughout the course of the project. Given a trade stand and speaking platform at end of project event.

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