Back in May 2016 the Carres who farm at Fosse Au Bois Farm realizing the consequential damage agrochemicals were bringing to their business and the wider community, decided to embark on a soil regeneration strategy that has resulted in three of their fields becoming the interest of international agencies, universities and the media, looking for solutions to polluted water, cleaner air, healthier food and ways to reduce levels of CO2 in our atmosphere.

Conventional wisdom has long held that the world cannot be fed without chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. According to 197 nations voting at the Paris Climate Change Accord, evidence points to a new wisdom: The world cannot be fed unless the soil is fed. Regenerative agriculture enhances and sustains the health of the soil by restoring its carbon content, which in turn improves productivity—just the opposite of conventional agriculture.
The Regenerative agricultural practices being pioneered in St. Ouen includes:

Diverse Cover Crops: Nature does not being left naked, increasing diversity of cover crops builds soil organic matter while feeding the microbes in the soil, which increases soil carbon, which increases the water holding capacity of soil.

No ploughing: Ploughing and heavy tractors compact soil which contributes toward the destruction of soil biome and structure. Without the biology the chemistry (minerals) are not available to the crops in sufficient quantities to be or use. When the life in the soil is restored in a very short time ploughing becomes unnecessary saving farmers time and money.

In farm fertility: Nature does not follow the rules of conventional linear agriculture. Crops grown within natures cyclical patterns favors diversity which enhances fertility, the more diverse the life in the soil, the more natural protection the crop receives.

No pesticides: Cide as in fungicide or genocide means to kill. We survive because we live on a dynamic planet full of life. Pesticides agrochemicals and fertilizers cause negative consequences wider than crop protection they claim to provide.

Together, these soil regenerative practices increase carbon-rich soil organic matter (SOM). The result: vital microbes proliferate, roots go deeper, nutrient uptake improves, water retention increases, plants become more pest resistant, and soil fertility compounds. The Carre's are now realizing the greater benefits of farming Carbon in addition to farming Jersey Royal Potatoes, which hopefully one day will become their second crop, as carbon reward becomes more likely now the UK has signed up to the French 4 per 1000 initiative, in other words farmers that increase SOM by .4% pa, contribute to drawing down atmospheric carbon which reduces the burden of global warming our children will have to deal with if we don't. In one year they have seen soil carbon levels rise from a baseline of less than 1 percent, up to more than 2 percent in places, potentially 5 to 8 percent over ten or more years, which can add up to 25 to 60 tons of carbon per acre, meaning Fosse Au Bois farm is likely to become the first carbon neutral or negative farm in Jersey. It is estimated that at least 50 percent of the carbon in the earth’s soils has been released into the atmosphere over the past centuries. Bringing that carbon back home to our soils through regenerative agriculture is one of the greatest opportunities to address human and climate health, along with the financial well-being of farmers according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

As for the most important factor - how did the crop of Regenerated Jersey Royal Potatoes taste?
BRIX is a measurement of taste, nutritional value and goodness. With the advance in technology farmers can measure the BRIX of their crops prior to harvest. Conventionally grown crops dependent on fertilizers and agrochemicals are limited to a handful of the essential elements. Whereas 47 plus elements become available to the crop when soils are healthy. The BRIX level of conventional grown Jersey Royals comes in poor, organic grown potatoes fair better and potatoes planted in Regenerated Soil came in high, meaning there is the potential to extend their market opportunity to the Wholefood sector and high class restaurants.

Good farmers reinvest back into Jerseys Natural Capital account - soils, contribute to the welfare of Jersey's society in more ways than society acknowledges or even knows. They conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery and now the Carre's are well on the way to putting the Royal back into the Jersey Royal when it comes to nutritional value and taste. Consumers should interact with farmers directly and ask producers about their growing practices. And, regardless of the outcome, the dialogue is an important one.

Exciting times for farming In St. Ouen
Glyn Mitchell
The Credible Food Project  A Jersey Charity empowering business to offset their carbon emissions by investing profits into local Healthy Food, Water and Air.

The Aspire Charitable Trust was founded in 2015 and is registered as a non-profit organization. The social purpose of Aspire is provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to develop employability skills in a real workplace surrounded by other working people. Our core business will take place at the Beresford Street Kitchen, a cafe and workshop in the heart of St Helier. A further goal is to support and educate the public regarding persons with learning disabilities, particularly in the workplace.

Beresford Street Kitchen is a social enterprise, which means that all profits will be reinvested into the business to achieve our mission. Our mission is to provide quality education, training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities, by promoting:

· Engagement, enablement, opportunity and progression

· Community presence

· The development of meaningful roles

· Co-operation with other organisations that share our aims and objectives

Catering Workshop Support Worker

35 hours per week 0800-1500 Monday-Friday

Tasks:
• Supervising and supporting people with learning disabilities in the catering workshop and production areas
• Daily operation of the catering workshop including providing training in basic cooking tasks
• Maintaining the workshop as a clean, safe and organised work environment
• Working closely with the Managing Director and chef to implement the workshop classroom curriculum
• Reviews and reporting

Qualities/Personal Attributes:
• Energy, creativity and enthusiasm with a good standard of education and organisational skills
• A willingness to learn and engage with people with learning disabilities
• A Commitment to the work and ethos of the charity and the ability to motivate, enable and empower individuals

Specific job requirements/experience:
• Support work or similar experience. Catering experience and/or a passion for cooking is desirable

Closing date 28th July
Please apply by email with your cv and covering letter/email to gabby.ellmers@aspirejersey.je

Cafe Support Worker
35 hours per week on a shift pattern including alternate Saturdays 0800-1500/1130-1830

Tasks
• Supervising and supporting people with learning disabilities in the cafe and gift shop
• On the job coaching
• Opening and closing tasks, food and beverage preparation, serving customers, stock ordering, cash handling
• Working closely with the Managing Director to implement the front of house classroom curriculum
• Reviews and reporting

Qualities/Personal Attributes:
• Energy, creativity and enthusiasm with a good standard of education and organisational skills
• A willingness to learn and engage with people with learning disabilities
• A Commitment to the work and ethos of the charity and the ability to motivate, enable and empower individuals

Specific job requirements/experience:
• Support work or similar experience. Catering, hospitality or retail experience is desirable

Closing date 28th July
Please apply by email with your cv and covering letter/email to gabby.ellmers@aspirejersey.je

Are you interested in Volunteering for Beresford Street Kitchen?

We are holding our first Volunteer evening on Wednesday 26th July from 5.30 to 7.30pm.

The purpose of the evening is to show you around our fabulous new café and workshop, meet the teams in action, find out more about what we are doing and associated volunteering activities and book in for some sessions. There will also be refreshments available served by the team.

The evening is a drop in format, so pick a time that suits you. Please feel free to bring along anyone else who is keen to join us,  no previous registration is needed.

In addition, if you are keen to sign up, you will be able to book a slot to come down for your vetting – because of the nature of our organisation, all volunteers will need to be vetted.

If you would like any further information regarding volunteering please email volunteer@aspirejersey.je

The Jersey Disability Partnership (JDP) has now been established as a separate charity (AJC No 470). It was formerly a sub-committee of the Jersey Voluntary and Community Sector Ltd (JVCS), which is now winding up. Its objectives are to build partnerships and capacity on disability issues within the Voluntary and Community Sector and with Government departments. It also aims to raise public, government and corporate awareness about disability, with a view to influencing policies and perceptions, in order to improve the services to those with disability and to better meet their needs. The recent publication of the Jersey Disability Strategy is just one of the many improvements it has worked towards, but there is much more to do. The JDP needs a new Secretary and a Treasurer to work with the Honorary Chairman, Jim Hopley. Both are honorary positions, but neither is very time consuming. If you are interested in helping with one of these positions please contact John Pinel on 853969. Mobile 077977 10409 or by email at johnpinel@jvcs.je; Or you can contact Jim Hopley on 077977 41634 or by email at jphopley@hotmail.com;