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The Farm Net Zero Project

The 5 year project which began in 2021 aims to reduce carbon emissions from farms in Devon and Cornwall and the rest of the UK. The project will be working with farmers and the wider communities to pioneer new approaches to low carbon food production.

Duchy College, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), has been awarded almost £ 1.3 million from The National Lottery Community Fund to run The Farm Net Zero project, which aims to help the farming community move towards net-zero carbon emissions.

This 5 year project is focused on supporting the farming community in Devon and Cownwall and the rest of the UK to move towards net zero carbon emissions. There will be opportunities for farmers to access bespoke carbon footprinting, soil carbon testing and support networks which target practical actions that can be taken on farm to reduce emissions and improve sequestration. Farmers will be able to learn more about the sources of emissions on farms and the ways that they can be reduced as well as understanding how soil health is pivotal not just to resilient farming systems but to delivering climate change solutions for society.

The project includes:

  • Two citizen science projects on carbon farming and food production

  • 3 net zero demonstration farms in the first year of the project and 3 field-labs (farmer led trials), groups of four to ten farmers and a researcher, will be established to showcase practical actions that can be taken and the impact of management changes on emissions, farm profitability and natural assets. 

  • An annual project conference

  • A programme of farm events and speaking engagements

  • Annual soil testing for 18 farms - supporting reduction in emissions by 20% with 3 farms becoming carbon positive or carbon zero

  • Media training for farmers

  • Development of roadmaps and factsheets highlighting actions and best practice for a range of farm types   

The project is led by Duchy College, Farm Carbon Toolkit will deliver the technical element, with the other partners providing support, including The Soil Association, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Just Farmers and Innovation for Agriculture.

As the project develops links to the events and outcomes will be accessed through this webpage. 

To find out more about the fund visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk