A Carbon Negative Farm

We’re proud to announce that Godminster Farm is officially a carbon-negative farm!

This means that we aren’t just carbon neutral, but we actively combat greenhouse gas emissions by locking away more CO2 into the ground than we emit. In a recent audit of Godminster Farm, it was revealed that we actually ‘sequester’ (take out of the air and lock into the earth) over 875 tonnes of carbon per year.

This is the same as saving:

  • Burning 239 tonnes of coal OR
  • Driving 125 times around the world OR
  • Flying 112 times around the earth OR
  • Creating 6,640 tonnes of concrete

And while this is a great sign of the work we’re doing to combat climate change, we can’t rest on our laurels. This is just the first part of our work looking at the carbon impact of creating Godminster cheese and how we can be a force for nature. But this is a great milestone in our continuing work to look after and improve our little patch of the British countryside for generations to come!

What does carbon-negative farming mean?

This means we’re locking away more CO2 than we produce, demonstrating empirically the merits of our regenerative organic farming practices which were formally recognised within our industry last year when we won the inaugural “Best Organic Farm (over 10 hectares)” at the Soil Association BOOM (Best of Organic market) Awards.

As a result, we are reversing carbon loss and therefore doing our bit to reduce greenhouse gasses.

How did you work out if the farm was carbon negative?

We looked at three important scopes of running Godminster Farm. Scope 1 and 2 relate to the greenhouse gases we emit through things like diesel for tractors, animal feed, heating buildings and general animal waste. This also included the ‘enteric emissions’ from the Godminster girls – digestive system emissions, to you and me! The second scope is about indirectly emitting carbon from any electricity generated to power the farm. The third scope is everything else from the staff commuting to work to the pumping mains water onto the site which is much harder to quantify.

Does that mean Godminster cheese is carbon negative too?

The science is still out on that. We’re hoping to do further research later in the year as part of our ‘Green Godminster’ initiative. We need to look at everything from creating the cheese, the operation of our premises and how you, our customers, keep the cheese refrigerated at home… so it’s quite a big piece of work! We’ll let you know when we’ve crunched all the numbers, hopefully by the end of the year. Watch this space!

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