The pioneering seed sowing of a North Devon farming business will feature in BBC One’s Countryfile this weekend.

Mole Valley Farmers' lupin trials. Picture: ContributedMole Valley Farmers' lupin trials. Picture: Contributed

Mole Valley Farmers, based in South Molton, are making the bill after spending a year attempting to produce organic, home-grown proteins through a new crop.

One of five in the region testing the lupin plant, Stantyway Farm aims to reduce foreign imports of organic proteins, and prove that lupins can be grown easily and sustainably.

The South Devon farm forms part of a project between Mole Valley and Innovative Farmers, a non-profit organisation running ‘field labs’ for farmers and operated by The Soil Association.

Countryfile presenter Adam Henson will join Nigel Mapstone, Mole Valley Farmers’ organic feed development manager, and Sam Walker of Stantyway Farm, about the benefits the lupin growth experiments have brought.

Filming for Countryfile at one of the Mole Valley Farmers lupin plots. Picture: ContributedFilming for Countryfile at one of the Mole Valley Farmers lupin plots. Picture: Contributed

Mr Mapstone explained: “At this point, Mole Valley Farmers seems well on the way to demonstrating that organic lupins are a viable alternative cash crop for the organic arable farmer.

Mr Walker added: “I’m keen to improve soils and I think they could help with that. They’ve got a great big root and if they leave a nice, fine, crumbly, seed-bed, it may mean I can plough less.”

Mole Valley Farmers has ploughed its way to success after beginning nearly 60 years ago in South Molton, now prominent across the South West with a turnover exceeding £400 million.

Countryfile will be shown on Sunday, July 8, at 7pm.