We asked farmers across Europe this question. The answers we got are moving testimonials to a deep and heartfelt relationship between farmers and their soil. A relationship of give and take, of care and worries, and of hard work on both sides. Of the farmers we met, many talked about their soil as a family member. Soil evoked strong feelings. Healthy ground meant happiness, whereas dry, depleted or weed-ridden fields, caused anxiety and sadness. At the core of these emotions was the acute awareness that healthy soil is vital for agriculture.
The farmers below have one thing in common – improve and maintain good soil health as top of their priority. They deal with the challenges of climate change, drought, or floods by restoring soil health through regenerative practices. That is how they secure resilient crops and the prosperity and longevity of their livelihoods. Their thoughts and feelings are an inspiration to us. We all owe these farmers gratitude for the attention, affection and care they give to their soils.
“To be lucky enough to own the land
and not ruin it is the most
beautiful artform you could
Read inspiring stories of farmers who work to improve soil health through sustainable farming practices
In the UK, farmers work with a more holistic approach to improve soil health and fight challenges like weed and drought.Meet the new generation of farmers in UK
In Umbria and Tuscany, farmers improve soil health and mitigate drought with organic farming practices.Meet Italian farmers working to improve soil health