Farming with Nature
We support farmers and agri-businesses to re-imagine the way they farm and produce food.
Earthwatch Europe’s Farming with Nature programme helps farmers to increase sustainability by working with natural processes, using local nutrient cycles and adapting agriculture to local conditions.
We use a combination of learning and research that can be tailored to the needs of individual farmers and businesses. These approaches are designed to address all stages of the transformation in the supply chain, so that we can support transformation from the early start of exploring the challenges all the way through to testing and scaling innovations. This approach is supported by three monitoring tools that address key aspects of a healthy farm system – biodiversity, soil health and freshwater quality.
Farming with science
Earthwatch partners with groups of farmers to create learning networks in which farmers can collectively study their impacts on water quality, soil health and biodiversity. We provide easy tools and visualise and interpret the data to make it easy to understand what they mean. We facilitate discussion and peer-learning and involve stakeholders and experts to investigate what measures could be taken to become more nature inclusive.
We support agribusinesses to conduct applied participative research to develop and monitor new farming practices, integrating better farming practices and helping organisations meet their sustainability targets. Our techniques are especially well equipped to make research practical and easy to understand so you can involve your farmers and easily disseminate and scale results throughout your farming network.
Farming knowledge exchange
We run learning events where farmers, business employees and policy makers can be inspired and learn about farming with nature. Our learning is hands-on, using our participative monitoring tools to see, feel and understand for yourself what farming with nature means. Our learning experts create space for dialogue to explore what role you can play in the agriculture transition.
We support innovative nature-inclusive farms to measure the impact of their way of farming and to act as demonstration sites. They become hubs for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation.
Soil Health Toolkit
Soils are essential for all life-sustaining processes on our planet. They support biodiversity, clean water, climate regulation and so much more – and yet they are being degraded at an alarming rate. Earthwatch’s Soil Health Toolkit platform is a place to share data, generate new knowledge and increase awareness and action to improve soil health across Europe. The Soil Health Toolkit measures soil texture, infiltration, colour, earthworm count and vegetation cover.
FreshWater Watch is a global project run by Earthwatch in which individual researchers and local communities monitor, protect and restore their local freshwater resources. We empower groups all around the world to measure the health of their rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, wetlands and reservoirs. The resulting data provides the robust evidence needed to support efforts to improve water quality. The fresh water data collected is presented via an open-access portal.
We are developing a simple-to-use biodiversity monitoring tool for farmers, organisations and groups to use. This tool, currently in its pilot phase, will help farmers to easily understand and record a baseline of biodiversity for their farms and to monitor how changes to their farming practices affects biodiversity.