About Soul Farm & Trefusis Estate

Grown with soul
under Cornish sun
Grown in soil
Using organic principles

A 1.5 acre no dig market farm growing seasonal vegetables in Falmouth, Cornwall

The soul is the principle of life, feelings and action. The soul is linked with our moral radar. We feel business should not be separate from morals, feelings and actions. We feel businesses should be human.

We work with the living soil, the living planet. Organic soil, black, crumbly and hummousy – it almost has a soul.

We don’t fully understand soil as it so complex and full of energy.

Produced under the Cornish sun, with a story and the knowledge that I’m adding to the community and to the world.

We farm with passion, emotion, bravery and yes… soul.

There are so many farms and particularly, organisations, out there like Monsanto that don’t have soul. They are taking from the world, insatiably. They are not human. They’re entities. I want to be part of farmers against big business. Bringing the soul back into food production.

Bringing a Georgian walled garden back to life

The history of the garden

The garden has not been producing food on a large scale since the 1960s. During the war the greenhouse sustained bomb damage and is now being repaired and the pasture is turned into no-dig vegetable plots.

Small scale regenerative

The environmental and social costs of using oil resources as well as their increasing scarcity are challenging tomorrow’s agriculture to reduce its dependency on fossil energies (Chow et al., 2003). In industrialised countries, innovative market gardens inspired by permaculture principles (Ferguson and Lovell, 2013) address this challenge by promoting manual labor and holistic thinking. The need for a different approach to industrialised agriculture is vital, and we are only just at the start of the rise of micro/ regenerative and urban farms. We need millions more all around the world. The micro farm means that we don’t need motorisation. Increased diversity and soil biology means more fertility, healthier and tastier plants and no need for GMOs and pesticides. More humus in the soil, means more water retention and robustness to unseasonal dry spells. These techniques can’t be achieved on industrial scales, that is why they are not practised. The use of machinery demands that farms become bigger and bigger, tractor wheels take up huge amounts of space, for efficiencies they need to grow less crops. The bigger the farm the wider their market needs to be and the pressure this puts on the environment through transportation. There are techniques like no dig and no till which help build soil, increase fertility and manage weed and insect pressures but they are rarely practised on a large scale.

Building community

Food for the community, food that hasn’t travelled hundreds of miles. Cornish food, grown by Cornish people. Also economic benefits for the community.

No dig

The farm will provide ecological benefits to the environment. Regenerating soil minerals and building diverse habitats whilst producing very high quality food. No dig allows better water retention, builds the soil, increases yields and helps manages pests.

Healthy food grown using organic principles

The tastiest food, that is packed full of nutrients. I will be an advocate for healthy eating and consuming more veg.