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...

Organic Support Schemes and New Opportunities for Organic Farming

02 July 2015

Elm Farm Research Centre, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berks, RG20 OHR

An IOTA workshop for organic and conventional advisers and all support staff providing information to producers and the supply chain. The workshop will bring us up to date on the new schemes now oper...

Field Lab – Farm Scale AD: Improving Efficiency and Cutting Costs (Meeting 4)

02 July 2015

Cream o’Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet

This is the last of 4 open meetings looking at small-scale AD in an organic dairy system. We will review the progress made over the last year and look at the impact the AD system has had on elements ...

Producing Quality Forage: Getting the conditions & mix right

02 July 2015

Rhynie, Huntly

A practical on-farm afternoon visit looking at achieving optimum soil, seed and growing conditions for efficient grass and arable silage production, including soil preparation, seed selection and wee...

Managing Fluke in Fife

13 July 2015

Kinaldy Farm, Fife

NSA’s George Milne farms at Kinaldy, which became a Fluke Surveillance Farm in 2013 to trial a range of fluke management measures and help monitor fluke in Fife. We will hear from researchers from th...

Land Partnership Workshop - Cirencester

14 July 2015

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Join us at the Land Partnership Workshops Are you a land entrepreneur looking to unlock a new business innovation but need land to realise your idea? Are you a land owner who is seeking a partner to ...

Glyphosate scientific briefing

15 July 2015

The Council Room, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

Roundup by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC BY 2.0 The Soil Association will host a scientific briefing on the recent report published by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC),...

Farm walk: Gold Hill Organic Farm - Dorset

15 July 2015

GoldHill Organic Farm, Ridgeway Lane, Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, DT11 8HB

Gold Hill Organic Farm converted from a traditional dairy herd of 70 cows to organic veg and beef 26 years ago. We started on one acre of raised beds using low tillage/no dig methods. At the farm wal...

Regenerative Agriculture (5 days course)

18 July 2015

Ragman's Lane Farm, Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, GL17 9PA

Jairo Restrepo will be teaching for the first time in the UK at Ragmans Lane Farm. A chance to learn how to regenerate farming systems using techniques such as biofertiliser, micro organisms, mineral...

Regenerative Agriculture - 5 day course

18 July 2015

Ragmans Farm is hosting a 5 day course combining the theoretical and practical basis for Jairo Restrepo’s Regenerative Agriculture. The main focus of Regenerative Agriculture is the health of the land and the quality of the food produced on the land. Jairo’s teaching style makes clear the how and why of regenerating biological fertility and mineral agricultural soils; and how this enables the viable production of healthy food that is affordable to consumers and profitable for farmers.

Who should attend: Farmers and independent small-scale growers, food producers, food retailers, technicians, students. Anyone interested in sustainable rural development and environmental protection....
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Notes from 
 previous events

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Financing farmland acquisition

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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...