Sustainable Farming

The UK currently has highly intensive and environmentally damaging forms of agricultural production. Diminishing soil quality is reaching a crisis point. The intensification of agriculture over the past 60 years has severely degraded the UK’s soils and some of the most productive agricultural land in the country is at risk of becoming unprofitable within a generation. Poor soil health also increases the risk of flooding and threatens to undermine the UK’s efforts to mitigate climate change.

During 2017/18 the trustees made grants to farmer-led organisations that lead the development of more sustainable farming and land-management practices with farmers. These were Innovation for Agriculture, the Soil Association and the Sustainable Food Trust. The trustees also awarded a grant towards the Royal Society of Arts towards the new Commission Food, Farming and Countryside. The trustees have asked that these organisations work collaboratively through their networks to develop and share good practice and advocate this to policy-makers to inform land management policy.

What kind of projects have we funded?

Innovation for Agriculture

Innovation for Agriculture is a small organisation that works with leading agricultural researchers, businesses, landowners, and farmers to develop the knowledge and technologies that will make modern farming more sustainable, resilient, and productive. Its Soil & Water programme involves leading growers, industry experts, and top level research centres to gather information on innovations and techniques to improve soil health and water management and disseminate within the farming community