Allplants teams up with Soil Heroes and UK farm Showsley Farm

Frontrunning food brand allplants teams up with Soil Heroes and UK farm Showsley Farm to improve the environmental impact of the agricultural sector

In short

Soil Heroes Family lead
Soil Heroes
Focus area(s)
Best PracticesQuantifying impactRegenerative revenue modelsRegenerative market mechanisms
Phase of project
pilot
Farm
Showsley Farm
Phase of RegenAg
Conventional
RegenAg practices
Biodiversity lanes, no-till, cover crops

Soil Heroes is transforming farming by making nature everyone’s business to help fight climate change

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Soil Heroes who are doing such important work, helping growers overcome initial hurdles in changing the way they farm and communicating the substantial environmental impacts of doing so. People and planet are calling out for an agricultural transition and Soil Heroes are setting it in motion” - Ellie Harrison, Sustainability Partner at allplants

allplant's mission is to inspire the planet to eat more plants and their chef-made, 100% plant-based meals are cooked in London, flash-frozen to lock in flavour and freshness before being delivered direct to customers' doors all over the UK.

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"By sponsoring Showsley Farm to make these changes, which are measured, quantified and verified by Soil Heroes, allplants will have nurtured healthy soil that can draw down more CO2, hold more water in the ground and improve biodiversity. All of which will be tracked and displayed on the Soil Heroes digital platform."

Showsley Farm and allplants have joined forces to drive an agricultural transition to more regenerative farming practices in the UK

allplants has embarked on a pilot with Showsley Farm to regenerate 15 hectares of farmland. By farming with nature, not against it, and based on the soil type and condition, we estimate that Showsley Farm can sequester approximately 67.5 tons of CO2 every year and introduce 400m2 of flower edges, allowing nature back in and restoring biodiversity.

To achieve this, Showsley Farm will implement a range of regenerative practices and, with help of Soil Heroes, monitor and measure the resulting environmental improvements. For example, Showsley Farm will:

  • Eliminate ploughing wherever possible and apply shallow tillage everywhere else,
  • Ensure the soil is covered 365 days a year by growing cover crops when fields would otherwise be bare,
  • Grow biodiversity lanes and wildflower perimeters, introduce local beehives and limit hedge trimming to ensure a safe habitat for birds and insects.

By sponsoring Showsley Farm to make these changes, which are measured, quantified and verified by Soil Heroes, allplants will have nurtured healthy soil that can draw down more CO2, hold more water in the ground and improve biodiversity. All of which will be tracked and displayed on the Soil Heroes digital platform.

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"We have a really positive relationship with our growers and have multiple farm visits planned when lockdown finally lifts"

Beyond the quantitative impact, this is a learning opportunity for both allplants and the farmers at Showsley Farm

allplants is keen to better understand the perspectives and challenges of farmers in their supply chain, especially when it comes to regenerative practices, and are excited to be starting out on this learning journey. By partnering with Soil Heroes they will gain valuable, on-the-ground experience and expertise. Equally, the farmers at Showsley Farm are looking to learn more about regenerative farming practices and the challenges companies face in sourcing regenerative crops and driving environmental initiatives. Fred Krefting, who heads up the farm, felt that a key driver in joining Soil Heroes was to be able to partner with companies who have similar values and who they can work collaboratively with to build a more sustainable food and agricultural system in the UK.

Collaboration is key when it comes to transforming our food and agricultural systems

Organised by Soil Heroes, Showsley Farm recently took allplants on a (virtual) tour of their farm - including the plot of land they are working to regenerate together - and it quickly became clear that both parties are determined and committed to build a climate positive, regenerative food and agricultural system. This pilot project perfectly illustrates that collaboration is key to addressing climate change and creating a positive impact for people and planet.