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Farmer Tom Morphew, Full Circle Farms

Sodexo grows partnership with Full Circle Farms

Sodexo’s The Good Eating Company (GEC) is following in the sustainable farming practices footsteps of Sodexo Live! with a new partnership with Full Circle Farms. GEC now has its own one acre plot at the unique farm in West Sussex which contributes to a more sustainable and resilient food system.

Full Circle Farms offers foodservice providers like GEC and urban restaurants an opportunity to own and grow on their own plot of farmed land. Each plot is allocated a full farming team who work with the chefs to assess the restaurants’ requirements and grow and deliver the best produce for them.

Farmer Tom Morphew’s farm isn’t just about growing crops – it’s about nurturing the land. Established nearly 10 years ago, the farm prioritises soil health and biodiversity. This means a different way of farming including minimal reliance on external inputs. Instead of chemical fertilisers, herbicides, and pesticides, Morphew relies on the power of organic compost and manure to build soil fertility.

Animals play a crucial role in managing the land. For instance, pigs act as natural tillers, turning the soil and incorporating composted organic material.

This focus on soil health and natural processes benefits more than just crop yields. It strengthens the entire ecosystem, supporting the water cycle and ensuring the availability of essential minerals for healthy plant growth.

Defined frameworks for regenerative agriculture are still evolving, the sustainable farming practices Morphew is undertaking reflects the latest research.

Alex Kristall, Managing Director, The Good Eating Company, UK said: “This is a fantastic initiative and builds on our commitment to source fresh, locally grown ingredients and reduce food waste. Working with Farmer Tom and his team we can influence what is grown and adapt our menus to ensure they are sustainable, seasonal and great tasting for our customers.

“An added benefit is the learning we can offer our teams and our clients with visits to the farm to understand more about what regenerative farming practices could look like and how important it is for soil health and biodiversity.”

Full Circle Farms also has The Garden Army, a not-for-profit social enterprise for volunteers and those with physical or mental health issues. The Garden Army, CIC registered, is partnered with Sussex Oakleaf, the leading mental health support provider, and is prescribed by local GPs as an alternative to chemical medicine.

Morphew, Founder of Full Circle Farms and the Garden Army said: “We are delighted to extend our work with Sodexo with The Good Eating Company. Alex and her team have already spent time with us down on the farm learning all about regenerative farming practices and the benefits the numerous advantages it provides, including educating people about where their favourite ingredients come from and how being part of nature benefits people’s health and wellbeing.”

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