Organic Farming (Environment)
Patrick, Annabel and Miles Saunders run Step Farm, a Soil Association demonstration farm in Oxfordshire. A long standing dairy farm customer, Triodos Bank have assisted to finance two separate land purchases totalling 189 acres as well as farm house and buildings for a committed Organic dairy farmer. They are one of the longest standing and largest organic dairy farms in the UK.
Organic agriculture recognises the relationship between our environment, our health and the food we eat. As well as high animal welfare standards, organics avoids the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers and helps to revitalize the earth. And, because organic farming releases less greenhouse gases than non-organic farming, it means a smaller carbon footprint for the environment. Lending in this sector varies from dairy and meat, to forestry and fruit.