Events

Farm walkWelcome to our events listings which include a farm walk programme on organic farms across the UK; dedicated sector training events, future growers’ scheme activities and our programme of farmer/ grower field labs. Our events are open to all and we also publicise events for other organisations which are supporting agro ecological farming methods.

Through our training events and wider services we aim to inspire and support farmers to adopt new and more sustainable farming practices as well as providing ongoing professional development for more established organic practitioners.

Licensee events - Meet with Helen Browning

23 April 2015

Helen is hosting several meetings around England, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next three months where she hopes to meet up with many licensees farmers & growers in person, to talk about our work, and the changes we are planning and most importantly to hear your thoughts about the Soil Association. 

The dates, timings and venues are listed here, with the first one being at Helen's farm near Swindon on Friday 8th May, 3 - 6pm ; we will have a farm walk for those who are interested, as well as a g...

Field Lab: Cultural methods to control black grass

01 June 2015

Shimpling Park Farm, Shimpling, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 4HY
Black grass is a weed that has become increasingly problematic in solely arable farming systems dominated by early sown winter cereals in both organic and conventional systems(Bond et al., 2007) and ...

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals #2

04 June 2015

Ullapool

A half-day workshop on controlling rushes without chemicals – starting at Ullapool village hall for an indoor discussion before going to look at a local croft and see a live demo of a scythe bar mowe...

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals #3

05 June 2015

Kirkton Farm, Crianlarach

A practical half-day workshop on controlling rushes without chemicals. Attendees will hear about non-chemical management options for rushes, look at the current situation on the host farm and discuss...

A countryside stewardship and organic farming workshop

09 June 2015

Eaton Estate, Eccleston, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 9ET

Background and aims of this meeting The new countryside stewardship scheme to replace HLS and ELS will be launched this year with an application window of July, August and September. This workshop wi...

Farm walk: Canalside CSA - Warwickshire

10 June 2015

Canalside Community Food, Leasowe Farm, Southam Road, Radford Semele, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1TY

Canalside Community Food is a Community Supported Agriculture scheme for people in Leamington/Warwick area and surroundings. We produce weekly, organic, veg shares in a range of sizes suitable for di...

Field Lab: Growing organic quinoa in the UK

16 June 2015

Wakelyns Agroforestry, Metfield Lane, Fressingfield, Near Eye, Diss,Suffolk, IP21 5SD.

Quinoa has been hailed as a ‘superfood’ thanks to its valuable nutritional qualities (Vega- Gálvez, 2010). The crops’s potential to contribute to global food security resulted in 2013 being declared ...

Field lab - Management requirements for Shropshire sheep in fruit orchards (Meeting 3)

17 June 2015

The Yew Tree pub, Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6JZ

Background Information Shropshire sheep are renowned across Europe for their ability to graze relatively safely in Xmas tree plantations. Increasingly they are being used to graze in fruit orchards i...

Royal Highland Show

18 June 2015

Edinburgh

Contributing almost £100 million to the Scottish economy each year, the Royal Highland Show is an important business platform. It provides a unique opportunity to engage with affluent audiences from ...

Organic Cereals: Innovation in the supply chain – 30 June 2015 – SAVE THE DATE

30 June 2015

Venue: Campden BRI, Chipping Campden Gloucestershire, UK GL55 6LD 

Organic arable production represents an important part of the food chain. There is a need to understand the latest developments affecting the organic sector, how these might influence the current sta...
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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

This one day workshop looked at land partnerships, a new approach which encourages landowners and land entrepreneurs to work together to open up land for new businesses. The day brought together Soil...

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...