Sustainable Farming

What Sustainability Means to Us

Posted on October 13, 2015 · Posted in General

A lot of companies talk about sustainability, but for Barfoots, sustainability is at the heart of what we do. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – we have all heard it before, but it is the mantra that drives our practice. Here at Barfoots we work hard to ensure that we leave the world in a better condition than when we first started.

Why? Because sustainability is the future of food and we think ahead. Together, we have to be planning to feed a world with 10 billion people by 2050 and we know that in order to do this, we have to take good care of the planet that feeds us.

Barfoots has a multitude of sustainability procedures in place, and you can visit our Sustainability page (link) to get the full picture. There are a few key measures, however, that we are especially proud of. One is the anaerobic digestion plant that allows us to turn vegetable waste into a viable source of renewable energy and organic fertilizer. In addition to our anaerobic digestion plant, Barfoots also uses a controlled traffic system on the farm that allows us to reduce soil impact – the system uses GPS so that we can make sure our tractors and vehicles only follow the permitted routes through the fields. This prevents compaction of the soil, and means that we can use less diesel fuel and spend less time and resources on soil conditioning. It sounds complicated, but for us, it’s simple. We farm today for a better tomorrow.

While we are really proud of our current sustainability efforts, we continue to think ahead and are currently running ongoing projects with Lancaster University exploring waste reduction, as well as ways to increase yield and quality without leaving a larger carbon footprint. At Barfoots, sustainability isn’t a box we tick. It’s a way of life.