In 2019 we built our first Natoora Earthworks farm, Melilot, putting the focus back onto soil health over 120 acres of certified organic land just outside of St Mellion, Cornwall.
Over the next two years, we trialled seeds, tested new methods and made a conscious effort to recapture carbon in the soil at every turn. As we move to our next farm, we will take our learnings with us.
At Melilot, we drew on the principles of regenerative agriculture to restore soil health whilst cultivating a diverse range of nutrient-dense, incredible produce. As well as integrating rare breed sheep into our mixed farming system, we planted perennials and a diverse range of varieties, cover cropped with a biodiverse selection of over 30 pasture plants, made our own compost and used light-treading machinery to avoid compacting the soil.