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.

Kindling Trust Commercial Growers Course

23 March 2015

The Kindling Trust is working to create a more sustainable food system for Greater Manchester and has set up a number of projects as part of that, including Feeding Manchester, the Land Army, and Far...

Licensee event - 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: Fertility building leys and green manures

28 April 2015

Tolhurst Organic Partnership C.I.C., West Lodge, Hardwick, Whitchurch on Thames, Pangbourne, RG8 7RA

Background information The effectiveness of diverse mixtures in fertility building leys and green manures has been demonstrated in the Leg Link research project. This was followed up with the Duchy F...

Field lab: Improving the targeting of mastitis treatments (3rd Meeting)

29 April 2015

Neston Home Farm, Neston Park, Neston, Corsham, Wilts, SN13 9TG

Whilst many organic and non-organic farmers use non-antibiotic dry cow regimes successfully in uninfected cows, there has been no major progress in reducing antibiotic usage in clinical mastitis with...

Blight-Resistance in Organic Potatoes

11 May 2015

Fearniewell Croft, Black Isle

A practical half-day event looking at blight-resistant organic potato varieties, including Carolus and Athlete. Host Dan Ross will trial several varieties this season and compare growth, blight resis...

Soil Health and Fertility - Arable and Field Scale Vegetables

20 May 2015

Russell Smith Farms, College Farm, Grange Rd, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QF

Practical and innovative management techniques for building soil organic matter and fertility on vegetable and arable farms Programme: 8.45 Coffee and Registration 9.15 Welcome and Introduction Ben R...

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

Leasowe Farm is situated on the South East side of Radford Semele, just outside Leamington Spa and is owned and run by the Ingall Family. The farm covers an area of about 145 acres, which, in the aut...

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...