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Organic FARMING IS SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FARMING

Richard at Godminster Farm Somerset

We source our deliciously creamy organic milk from our own herd – our ‘Godminster Girls’ – and from other brilliant British organic dairy farmers who share our sustainable and regenerative ethos. Godminster’s mantra is, “Nature repays those who treat her kindly.” We believe that through organic farming, we can create a self-sustaining environment where nature can regenerate and flourish.

We are proud to say that since Godminster Farm started, we have planted more than 25,000 broadleaf trees to foster diverse habitats across our farm, resulting in a visible increase in the wildlife population.  There are now 15 ponds encouraging bio-diversity and reeds that cleanse the ground water. This led to us being awarded the award for Best Organic Farm (over 10 hectares) at the BOOM Awards in 2021.

We think that organic cheese is the most sustainable cheese you can buy.

Godminster Farm - Organic

BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Godminster Farm is carbon negative by over 180 tonnes of CO2 per year thanks to our years of organic farming practices

Godminster Girls Organic Cows

CARBON STORAGE

Organic farms are up to 25% more effective at storing carbon than conventional farms

Bees and nature at Godminster farm

biodiversity champions

Organic farming works with nature to create a healthy, holistic ecosystem with improved biodiversity and soil health

Organic farming and regenerative farming: what’s the difference?

Organic farmers are legally bound to farm ethically:

  • Organic dairy cows must graze on pasture whenever conditions allow, over 200 days on average
  • ‘Zero-grazing’, where cows are kept indoors and fed cut grass or other feeds like soya, is banned under organic standards
  • Organic standards require that a dairy herd’s diet is as natural as possible with over 60% forage
  • No system of farming requires lower pesticide use than organic
  • Organic farmers must build and maintain the health of their soil and any non-natural fertilisers are banned – including nitrogen based fertilisers

There are many similarities shared between the organic and regenerative movements; ultimately, both are following the same principals of encouraging biodiversity and improving soil health, ensuring happy animals and farms that help combat climate change.  

The major difference is that organic farms follow strict legal practices that ensure farmers are ‘walking the walk and talking the talk’. As regenerative has no definition or official body, it is more vulnerable to greenwashing.