Challacombe Farm Certified Regenerative by A Greener World

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A Devon farm is the first in the world to be certified as regenerative by a not-for-profit certifier.

Challacombe Farm in Dartmoor National Park is now certified regenerative by A Greener World (AGW).

This reflects the sustainability of the farm, measuring the benefits for soil, water, air, biodiversity, infrastructure, animal welfare and social responsibility.

Challacombe Farm is part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate on moorland that has been inhabited and farmed for thousands of years.

Naomi Oakley and Mark Owen herd a herd of Welsh Black and North Devon beef cattle and a herd of approximately 200 Icelandic and Shetland sheep.

Mark said: “Our goal is to raise our beef cattle and sheep outdoors on pasture, while maintaining and enhancing the wildlife, landscape and archeology that make our farm such a special place. special.

“Participating in the accreditation trial has proven to be a good way to solidify our agriculture in harmony with nature projects and to obtain external and independent feedback to help us achieve our goals.”

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The farm was part of AGW’s inaugural Certified Regenerative pilot cohort, a group of 50 farms around the world who have spent the past 18 months evaluating farm auditing standards, plans and procedures for this certification.

Tom Stratton, Estate Manager for the Duchy of Dartmoor, said: “The Duchy is delighted that the hard work undertaken by Mark and Naomi has been recognized through this new certification process and that the process itself recognizes the benefits of extensive management that upland agriculture delivers.

“The whole farm management approach, which minimizes reliance on purchased inputs, clearly makes sense, as does the imperative to farm with nature.”

The term “regenerative agriculture” is often used to refer to a range of sustainable management practices, many of which have been used by indigenous and traditional farming communities for thousands of years, but growing interest has led to significant and growing variation. of how ‘regenerative agriculture’ is defined and practiced.

A Greener World’s third-party certification verifies meaningful regenerative claims and provides transparency that benefits growers and consumers.

Wayne Copp, Executive Director of AGW, said: “At A Greener World, we know that the set of practices described as regenerative could have enormous potential to halt – and even reverse – many of the negative impacts of agriculture. intensive.

“AGW’s Regenerative Certification is accessible, affordable, and open to all farmers and growers.

“Our approach recognizes that each farm is a unique part of an ecosystem and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ that can be consistently applied to every farm.”

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