Organic September 2023

September may herald the end of the British summertime and the gradual turn to autumn but it also means something special: the Soil Association’s annual #OrganicSeptember celebration!

Pond at Godminster Farm with tree behind

As the ‘Nation’s Favourite Organic Product’ (2019-2021, BOOM Awards), the Godminster team are passionate about organic farming as the future of sustainable food production. Organic farms – like Godminster Farm in Bruton, Somerset – work to a strict framework that protects and prioritises soil health, increasing biodiversity, flora and fauna. Organic farming creates healthy, living soils by nourishing them with compost, nitrogen-fixing crops, and crop rotations. For us, this means our farm is carbon negative and sequesters over 800 tonnes of CO2 per year.

“If the whole of Europe switched to an organic or agroecological food and farming system, we would see a 40% drop in emissions. Half of this drop would result from a cut in the use of fossil fuel-based nitrogen fertiliser.”

Soil Association website

Organic farming lowers the risk of environmental pollution and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by severely restricting the use of manufactured chemical fertilisers and pesticides, which come from burning fossil fuels. Instead, organic farmers must use build fertile soils naturally, using compost and manure (often sourced from their own farm or local herds), and rotate their crops to keep soils healthy.

Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies. On average, plant, insect and bird life is 50% more abundant on organic farms, and there are around 75% more wild bees on organic farms.

With more and more politicians recognising that we are in a ‘climate emergency’, the way we farm our countryside is more important than ever before. Here at Godminster, we choose to only use organic milk when making our range of cheddars because we believe in farming organically. As the Soil Association says, “eating organic food means supporting a way of farming that works for people long into the future – from farmers out in the fields to those tucking in at home.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about organic farming, you can read more on the Soil Association website:

What is organic?

Why is organic farming better for the environment?

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