Farm walkThe Soil Association continues to provide dedicated training events for farmers and growers across the UK, as well as providing technical support to other organisations and alerting Soil Association members about relevant non-Soil Association events.

Through our training events and wider services we aim to inspire and support new entrants to enter organic agriculture, to provide practical work-based training through our Future Growers Scheme, as well as ongoing professional development for more established organic practicioners.

Scottish Organic Forum - April

17 April 2014

This is an open invitation all organic producers and businesses, likely to focus on progress against the Organic Action Plan, and ideas going forward.

If you would like to attend could please email Erika, or call 0131 666 2474.

The overview from previous meetings can be found here.

The next Scottish Organic Forum meeting will take place on Thursday 17 April 2014 at our Glasgow Office, 152 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4TB.

Farm walk: Tolhurst Organic

23 July 2014

Tolhurst Organic, West Lodge, Hardwick, Whitchurch on Thames, Pangbourne, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 7RA

Since we started at Hardwick in 1988, having been organic growers in Cornwall 12 years previously, we have conducted farm walks. This has grown over the years to become a very regular activity partic...

Putting Grasslands to Work: Join the conversation

01 August 2014

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel and Conference Centre, London



The Institute’s prime objective is highlighting the world’s grasslands for their immense environmental value and unprecedented beauty. We look to foster a conversation around the common language of t...

Farm walk: Helen's Bay Organic Gardens, County Down

04 August 2014

John McCormick, Helen's Bay Organic Gardens, Coastguard Avenue, Bangor, County Down, BT19 1JY

John McCormick established Helen's Bay Organic Gardens in 1991. It is situated on 20 acres of fields adjacent to Belfast Lough in Helen's Bay, Co. Down and is licensed to EU organic standards. It com...

Farm walk: Manor Farmhouse, Wiltshire

06 August 2014

Manor Farmhouse, Biddestone, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7DH

We breed Pedigree Devon cattle. The suckler herd consists of approximately 40 cows plus half a dozen heifers who run with a polled bull. The farm is entirely self-sufficient in terms of feed with the...

Chicory - Boosting Lamb Productivity

07 August 2014

 12:45pm - 14:00, Thursday 7th August, Lanarkshire

This short session will focus on the role of chicory for boosting lamb liveweight gain and also highlight observed anthelmintic qualities, which have been seen throughout the trials at the farm & ena...

Open Day at Brocton Leys Organic Garden

14 August 2014

Brocton Leys Organic Garden, Brocton, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST17 0TX

Brocton Leys is a large Edwardian Organic garden which has been certified by the Soil Association for more than two decades. The garden comprises three acres of lawns, herbaceous borders vegetable pl...

Field Lab: Feeding Silage to Pigs (Meeting 2)

14 August 2014

Peelham Farm, Foulden, Berwickshire, TD15 1UG

The Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme involves farmers across the country in developing innovative techniques and best practice, aimed at improving productivity, quality and environmental perf...

Farm walk: Wortley Hall Walled Garden, South Yorkshire

14 August 2014

Wortley Hall Walled Garden, Wortley Hall, Wortley, South Yorkshire, S35 7DB

Wortley Hall Walled Garden was built in the 1790s by the Earl Of Wharncliffe, Lord Wortley. After WW2 it fell into disrepair. Since 2004 Heeley City Farm has restored the garden using organic methods...

Managing Farm Woodland: Making the Most of What You’ve Got (SFIN)

20 August 2014

Knock Farm, near Huntly

This event will look at practical ways to manage existing farm woodland; including thinning, felling, replanting, equipment, and making use of fuel and timber products. The event is FREE to farmers a...
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Notes from 
 previous events


New futures in farmland ownership

The final day of our Access to land events looked at land ownership, how we can make it stack up economically and how communities in France have taken real ownership of their land and food supply thr...

Financing farmland acquisition

Day two of our Access to land events took us to Triodos Bank where we explored current developments in community ownership of land in the UK and Europe. Various tools and models for financing farmlan...

Access to land for farming: land partnerships and legal arrangements

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Low carbon farming event (Kent) - 'Moving towards low carbon farming'

The Low Carbon Farming project events moved to Kent during the sunny week in late May with a sucessful day at Commonwork Farm, Bore Place. The morning session was held in the farm's 'low carbon' conf...

Low carbon farming event - Practical measures to reduce farm emissions

The 2012 programme of low carbon farming events took off with a one day event held in Sydling, near Dorchester. A well attended day, packed with interesting talks and a great farm tour of Sydling Bro...