Limden Brook Organics is located in East Sussex in the middle of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a permanent grazing pasture including some water meadows. On the farm, we run a mob grazing system to improve livestock and soil health. We're also in the process of implementing a similar grazing system on land rented from a neighbour that shares our passion for organic and regenerative agriculture. We work closely with the High Weald AONB Unit as part of our goal to promote regenerative agriculture and support High Weald farmers wanting to move from a conventional to a regenerative system.
We are mindful of how our farming practices impact our local and greater environment and aim to look after and improve our soil health through these practices. There are more organisms in a teaspoon of healthy soil than there are people on the planet and we feel these little critters need our help too! We have recently tested the soil organic matter on the farm to enable us to monitor the carbon storage in our soils. An increase in soil Carbon has the bonus of increasing the amount of water storage in our land.
On a recent visit by the Sussex Wildlife Trust to the water meadows and surrounding pastureland, we spotted 13 different types of dragon and damselflies along with a multitude of other wildlife inhabitants and visitors including dormice, roe and fallow deer, nightingales and cuckoos as well as various birds of prey and invertebrates. The diverse range of flowers including early purple Orchids and bluebell woods alongside grasses, clovers and flowering trees provide a perfect habitat for many bee species.
We are lucky enough to be positioned in a highly wooded part of the country and are taking steps towards incorporating Agroforestry practices within our grazing systems. With the involvement of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, we are currently planting even more trees to provide health benefits to the livestock as well as the wider environment.
We believe that by sustainably growing our livestock, we not only can positively impact the land that we farm but also provide healthier produce to those who consume it.