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FABulous Farmers is a European project supporting farmers in the transition to more agroecological practices on their farms. Soil Association are delivering activity in 3 UK pilot regions – South West England, West Midlands and Wales, with the National Trust leading activity in the East England. The project aims to reduce reliance on external inputs, like chemical fertilisers and pesticides, by encouraging the use of methods and interventions that increase the farm’s Functional AgroBiodiversity (FAB). These are targeted measures of biodiversity in and around the field to improve pollination, pest management, soil and water quality on the farmland.

We are delivering a programme of activity to support farmers in identifying and adopting relevant FAB-methods specific for their farm. These include demonstration events, networking activity and supporting and monitoring individual farmers adopting FAB-measures to enable the demonstration of measures to other farmers. The FAB measures included are:

  • Crop rotation
  • Mixed crops
  • Field edge/margin management
  • Agroforestry
  • Wood edge / hedgerows
  • Input of organic matter and fertiliser quality
  • Green covers / catch crops
  • Non-turning (minimum) tillage

 

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