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Regenerative Farming in Cumbria

Regenerative farming in Cumbria require farmers to e to build on the existing practice of how to work and live in harmony with nature. It involves copying the natural processes in the countryside to combine food production with stewardship of the environment.

At the centre of it is soil health. If you have healthier soils you have, in theory, healthier plants which will bring increased profits. Healthier soils also sequest carbon from the atmosphere. . That’s why reducing soil disturbance, covering the soil, ensuring live roots are in the soil all year round, livestock grazing and practicing crop diversity, are principles that underpin regenerative agriculture. Restoring or improving soils that have been degraded, by rebuilding soil organic matter and increasing soil biology is essential.

Soil biological processes supply 75% of the plant available nitrogen and 65% of phosphorus available in the soil. Soil organisms also contribute to nutrient cycling and retention and disease suppression so supporting soil biology is required in order to maintain conditions that are beneficial to crop nutrition. Eco Prospects study’s soil biology in order to identify the organisms living in the soil.

Understanding soil biology in turn informs what farming practices can and should be used. We are here to help farmers transition to regenerative farming practices. We can assist you in changing the way you use your farm and your land to identify solutions that bring about better environmental outcomes. When recommending which practices should be used, we take into consideration the location of your farm and the farming system.

Regenerative farming practices in Cumbria include no-till farming, rotational grazing, mixed crop rotation, cover cropping and the application of compost and manure. Implementing these practices improves the health and productivity of your farmland and the broader eco-systems while also reducing your costs as a result of less cultivations and chemical control.

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