Combined rotation, cover crops and companion cropping: a DiverIMPACTS success story from the UK

Duncan Farrington is a 4th generation farmer at Bottom Farm. He grows arable combinable crops on approximately 730 acres (300 hectares) around the village of Hargrave, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. In 2005, as a result of farm diversification, Bottom Farm became the UK’s first seed to bottle producer of cold pressed rape seed oil under the brand name Farrington’s Mellow Yellow. A broad rotation of winter and spring crops are produced including wheat, barley, rapeseed, and beans. Crops are grown with an eye to local customers as the farm is ideally located near to several millers and end users. Bottom Farm engages in several environmental measures, adopting modern farming technology whilst taking the environment into account, both of which are key to an Integrated Farm Management approach making it perfect as a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Demonstration Farm and LEAF Marque certified farm.