I so loved my first research chat with Thomas about Regenerative Farming & Carbon Credits that when the opportunity came up to record a podcast I took the chance to travel across the country and meet him face to face. I adore Thomas’s idea and the knowledge he has gained as a fourth generational farmer in Cambridgeshire .
In a nutshell Thomas spent a bit of downtime in lockdown pondering how to solve a global problem. But he did that looking out of his window in a very real, local and achievable way, that could have almost instant and measurable results.
As is all too often the case it’s the simple ideas that look like they have the greatest opportunity. If any of you listening have seen the ‘kissing the ground documentary’ on netflix then this is the deep dive podcast equivalent of one way to help with the challenge of what is happening to our soil. If any of you have listened to my podcast with Guy Singh Watson about organic farming, where we also touch on how many harvests are left in our soil, then this will be a great follow on episode.
For any of you simply interested in offsetting your carbon in your business, Thomas is now providing a measurable, British solution. A solution where you can potentially visit the farm that is saving the carbon and see what they are doing, why they are doing it and the difference it is making. And not only will you be saving carbon, you will be helping that farmer on a transition from intensive to regenerative. Perhaps helping the farmer fall back in love with ecology, and biology and being custodians of the land for a short, but oh so important period of time.
And if you are a restauranteur or work in hospitality in general, perhaps just asking questions, and caring more and more about where your food is coming from and who is growing it, is a great start point building momentum to support farmers who really want to be part of a positive movement.
I’m utterly confident that Thomas and his Gentle Farming business and carbon credits are going to do well. I’ll be looking into buying some myself and offering support, and I hope you will too.