Foxburrow Farm is a diverse family run farming business based in Mid-Norfolk near the market town of Dereham.
The entire focus at the farm is set firmly on protecting the environment, improving bio-diversity and addressing water quality concerns within the Wensum Valley. We have adopted many principles which help us to achieve these aims, but the most notable is ‘Regenerative Agriculture’. This is a farming principle which is slowly gathering momentum in the UK, but is widely adopted in the USA.
Fundamentally this principle means we return the soil/fields to their most natural state and mechanically disturb (plough/cultivation) them as little as possible, but utilise livestock, cover crops and composts to enrich the soils ‘organic’ content.
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Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. Its aim is to capture carbon in the soil and above ground biomass (plants), thus helping to reverse the current global trends of atmospheric accumulation and climate change.
Our livestock on the farm form a key part of our approach to regenerative farming. Grazing cropland improves soil fertility by increasing soil microbial density and organic matter through the addition of manure. In turn, this results in better crop yields but also and importantly greater carbon sequestration; more carbon from the atmosphere is either locked into the soil or absorbed from the atmosphere.