Beyond the Wiggle Preview September 2021

First of all we have finished harvesting – yippeeeeee! It was a pretty challenging time for us as although the weather was mostly dry which was brilliant our new combine had serious issues dealing with the grass seed crop which caused crop loss and a few very fractious farmers and a lot of head scratching from the combine manufacturer and agent. Secondly as part of being a focus farm for the Duchy we have been looking at all sorts of environmental issues – and you dear customer are already a part of this with our “Hedge Fund”. We are aiming to plant 4000 hedge plants over this winter period with the aim of delivering supporting wildlife, carbon sequestration and flood mitigation. Secondly – and led by Monty who has been back on the farm for several years we have been investigating how to improve our soil with the aim to help the farm become more resilient to more extreme weather events (which we have had in bucket loads…) and also to reduce our reliance on chemicals and fertiliser which is a huge challenge when our farm is a specialist seed producer (as obviously the seed can’t be contaminated with weed seeds etc).

To this end we have committed to taking our farm on a journey to regenerative agriculture with the help of Regen Ben

Regen Ben says:
“Regenerative agriculture is a fairly new term in the world and is used to describe farmers who are literally regenerating their soils in order to provide a far more sustainable future and to leave farms in a far better condition in which it was acquired. You see the main asset of most farms is the soil and this is something that extreme care should be given to on the understanding that it is a living organism.

For about a 4000 years, ploughing has been the mainstay of agriculture, the problem is for 3920 years of this, the ploughs were pulled by animals who had huge limitations which meant ploughing was only a very shallow operation, this kept the soil biology in an aerobic situation and soils continued to function well. Over the past 80 years, with the anything but ‘green’ revolution, farms became larger which meant machinery got bigger, bigger heavier machinery pulling larger and larger ploughs deeper and deeper (In order to plough wider with a plough, you have to go deeper) This subsequently destroyed the living soil biology together with the invention of chemical fertilisers and pesticides."
Want to do similar? It’s a lot easier in terms of scale and production methods in a garden and the very FIRST step you can take is making your own compost.
The two main methods that work for kitchen waste and your garden are Bokashi Composting and Worm Composting. You can read all about the different methods here!
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