The evolution of The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm: three panoramic photos
Digging through my old photos, I found a couple of panoramic photos taken from the farm entrance in years gone by. I asked Richard very nicely if he would take an up-to-date one, and during a break in the weather yesterday he did so (thanks Richard!)
I present to you three stages in the evolution of The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm, in photos…
The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm when we bought it in 2009, covered in wheat stubble: It had been farmed with chemicals for decades and the soil contained only 2% organic matter and no earthworms
The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm in 2013: The soil was better following the introduction of some livestock and compost applications, and even contained some earthworms, but still had a long way to go.
The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm in 2016: The soil texture is much improved thanks to our livestock and further compost applications, not to mention cover crops, and the crops are yet more plentiful. However the soil is still largely bacterial except for a few places where we have applied the methods of Dr Elaine Ingham of Soil Food Web – in those spots the improvement in our crops relative to elsewhere has been extraordinary!