Root vegetable grower Huntapac is one of five farms to participate in a new three-year project that will help it reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate its progress to net-zero production.
The project is led by sustainable farming organisation LEAF and supported by the Co-op Foundation.
The businesses will implement a range of integrated farming practices suited to their system and site and will receive training, mentoring and technical support from an external consultant and from LEAF. They will also work towards joining the LEAF network as the organisation’s first net-zero demonstration farms.
LEAF technical director Vicky Robinson said: “The farming industry is facing huge challenges, with climate change at the forefront. With ambitious industry goals to reach net zero by 2040, this ground-breaking project will support these forward-thinking and innovative farmers with the tools, training, and technical know-how to work towards these targets, collaborating and learning from each other.”
Huntapac grows 1,300ha of mainly carrots and parsnips on land from Norfolk to Inverness. It has developed its own net-zero field trials which will be a focus for the project.