Farming News - FarmED Wins Prestigious Ashden Award for Climate Innovation

FarmED Wins Prestigious Ashden Award for Climate Innovation

FarmED has been named as a winner in the prestigious Ashden Awards for climate innovation for its work in demonstrating regenerative agriculture in action, and working to transform attitudes to food and farming.

FarmED's demonstration farm and conference barns and café, based near Chipping Norton, has won the Award for Future Farmers, for helping producers and consumers explore a more regenerative, sustainable future for food in the UK.

The announcement was made at a global celebration in London on Tuesday 14 November.  

There was strong competition for the awards and FarmED was chosen from over 200 applicants for its pioneering work and will receive a grant, publicity and support to grow and replicate their innovation.

The annual Ashden Awards showcase the ground-breaking initiatives of climate pioneers that are showing what is possible in the shift to a fairer low carbon future. To maximise impact, the climate solutions charity also makes connections with funders, investors, policymakers and others, providing a global platform to showcase their work. 


"The big question is how do we produce the food we need without destroying the planet," says FarmED Co-Founder, Ian Wilkinson. "We have become disconnected from the farmers who grow our food and that is a barrier to change. Research shows that improvement to agricultural soils globally would store enough carbon to keep the world within 1.5 degrees of global warming. At FarmED we share knowledge and demonstrate what farmers are doing now and can do in the future."


FarmED was among winners and runners up from Liverpool to Nairobi, Wales to Peru working in a range of industries, including greening our cities, transforming refugees' livelihoods, training people for jobs linked to land management and protecting endangered forests.  

Ashden CEO Ashok Sinha said:

"This year's Ashden Award winners prove that people are passionate about creating practical solutions to the climate emergency. Just look at what happens as a result: higher incomes, better health, stronger communities and the creation of new jobs. These brilliant solutions need serious backing from policymakers and investors."  


Ian Wilkinson finishes: 

"We invite people to come to FarmED to see how regenerative, agroecological farming methods can work together to improve biodiversity and carbon capture. Good for the soil, people and the planet."