North Wyke Farm: Devon-based working farm and lab using technology to help raise animals sustainably

North Wyke Farm, a 350 hectare farm in Devon, looks no different to other farms where beef suckler cows and sheep can be found. But there’s something unique about the farm whch also happens to operate as a “farm lab” with the aim to test ways of making agriculture more sustainable. The North Wyke Farm “farm lab” is a large-scale research facility to study the … Continue reading North Wyke Farm: Devon-based working farm and lab using technology to help raise animals sustainably

Young people in Madagascar learning to farm sustainably to save the rainforest and wildlife

Young farmers in Madagascar are working to stop food production from destroying the island’s rich rainforest. Ahead of a new agreement to protect the planet’s biodiversity being drawn up in Paris next week, BBC News Science Correspondent Victoria Gill met young farmers in Madagascar who live at the front line of the tension between humans and the natural world. The young people are leading a … Continue reading Young people in Madagascar learning to farm sustainably to save the rainforest and wildlife

Underground farm feeding Londoners hydroponically and sustainably

Growing Underground – an underground farm housed 33 metres below the busy London streets of Clapham – is providing fertile ground for fresh micro greens and salad leaves to be grown sustainably. The farm sits inside a WWII bomb shelter. Eight of these shelters were built across London during the war, and they were each built to house around 8,000 people. The tunnel system is … Continue reading Underground farm feeding Londoners hydroponically and sustainably

Agrihoods: The rise of new neighbourhoods built around farms

Agrihoods – a new type of neighbourhood which serves up farm-to-table living in a cooperative environment – are emerging across the USA where people are embracing local food production. These suburban housing developments are centered around a farm, where neighbours can work on fully-functional farms and bring fresh produce home. This movement, which is now present in more than two dozen states across the US, encourages sharing, … Continue reading Agrihoods: The rise of new neighbourhoods built around farms

Compass Green: School garden on wheels tours the US and teaches sustainable farming techniques

A one-time potato chip delivery truck has been converted in to a mobile greenhouse and now tours the US teaching at risk youth about sustainable farming techniques. Compass Green is a school garden on wheels. It is a fully functional greenhouse built in the back of an 18ft box truck, which is powered by waste vegetable oil. Founded in 2011 by Justin Cutter, Compass Green has … Continue reading Compass Green: School garden on wheels tours the US and teaches sustainable farming techniques

Young Farmer Mai Nguyen helping to secure the future of grain farming in the US

California-based farmer Mai Nguyen is one of a few young farmers ensuring the future of high quality, sustainably grown grains in the US. Sustainably grown and organic food is on the rise in the US, yet the country is facing a shortage of young farmers to secure the future of farming. Farmers over 65 in the US outnumber farmers under 35 by a margin of … Continue reading Young Farmer Mai Nguyen helping to secure the future of grain farming in the US

Woodfruits of Norfolk: Award-winning shiitake mushrooms grown sustainably in England

Shiitake mushrooms are prized for their health benefits. A rich source of selenium, iron, dietary fibre, protein and vitamin C, these exotic mushrooms are now being grown sustainably in Norfolk, as locals will be delighted to know. Woodfruits of Norfolk, located in the Bure Valley of North Norfolk, is the UK’s only commercial grower of shiitake mushrooms. The firm recently won the environment category at … Continue reading Woodfruits of Norfolk: Award-winning shiitake mushrooms grown sustainably in England

Growing Well: Organic and sustainable farm helping those with mental health issues

Growing Well is an organic farm which primarily exists to provide opportunities to people who are recovering from mental health issues. The importance of nature in supporting a person’s mental and physical wellbeing has long been acknowledged by people suffering from mental health as well as health care practitioners. The Cumbria-based mental health charity and farm, which supports sustainable farming practices, enables volunteers to manage … Continue reading Growing Well: Organic and sustainable farm helping those with mental health issues

Ground Operations: From veteran to sustainable farming

Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields is a documentary film that showcases US veterans who are becoming organic farmers and revitalising their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy food. The film, which highlights the growing number of veterans returning home who are affected by PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), shows how they are reclaiming their lives, regenerating soil and rural communities, and restoring local access to fresh … Continue reading Ground Operations: From veteran to sustainable farming

Grow Dat Youth Farm: Transforming communities and the environment in New Orleans

Grow Dat Youth Farm, a two-acre sustainable farm in New Orleans’ City Park, is on a mission to transform the city’s communities, environment, and each other by engaging in the meaningful work of growing healthy food. More than 50 youth participate in Grow Dat’s Leadership and Advanced Leadership Programs every year. Through training and experience, young people from high schools across New Orleans learn skills … Continue reading Grow Dat Youth Farm: Transforming communities and the environment in New Orleans