Innovative Farmers is a not for profit network giving farmers research support and funding on their own terms. Through the network, groups of farmers can work directly with a researcher to design hands-on, practical on-farm trials known as ‘field labs’. The programme is managed by the Soil Association.

Within the Farm NetZero project, three farmer-led field labs will be established across Cornwall and farmers based in Restormel, Caradon and North Cornwall are invited to contact us to register their interest or submit ideas on topics they’d like to research. The first Field Lab is currently being developed and will be launched in Spring 2022. 

We work with farmers across all farming types, both conventional and organic. Farmers will be matched with other interested farmers, a coordinator and researcher to design and carry out on-farm trials around practices associated with an increase in soil organic carbon. They will be supported to analyse the findings to inform their farming decisions and will have the option of receiving training to improve their data collection and research skills. The results of field labs and farmer stories will be shared openly for knowledge exchange across the network.

To date, Innovative Farmers have helped to launch over 110 field labs and awarded over £400k in small grants. Find out more about current and past field labs at or contact to register your interest in joining a field lab.

Innovative Farmers is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund through the sales of Waitrose Duchy Organic products.

Farm Net Zero

A community of farmers in Cornwall taking action to address climate change and protect soil health. Showcasing innovation, engaging the public and providing robust science through soil testing and footprinting: