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.

Rijk Zwaan UK Organic Open Days and Technical Event

17 September 2014

Hunstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DQ

The Rijk Zwaan UK organic open day is now an annual fixture in the growers calendar. This year, the Soil Association are delighted to have teamed up with Rijk Zwaan to introduce a programme of inspir...

Field Lab: Management requirements for Shropshire sheep in fruit orchards

17 September 2014

Yarkhill Village Hall, Nr Ledbury, Yarkhill, Herefordshire, HR1 3ST

Directions: A4103 look for village hall sign between Shucknall and Newtown Crossroads.

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 in France and to some ex...

Farm walk: Worlds End Farm, Denbighshire

17 September 2014

Plas Nantyr, Nantyr, Glynceiriog, LLANGOLLEN, LL20 7DD

Our aims at Worlds End Farm Nantyr – Mark Philpot (Farm Manager) When Mrs Kennaway purchased Nantyr it was so run down it is unbelievable what she has achieved in 15-16 months so far… Our Ewes • The ...

Farm walk: The Croft, Cumbria

18 September 2014

The Croft, Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 0LD

We have a herd of pedigree Longhorn cattle and a flock of Mule ewes all meat is sold direct from the farm or at Farmers' markets. I am hoping to enter a share farming agreement next year with a young...

Field Lab:Woodchip Compost for Propagation - Final Meeting

22 September 2014

Tolhurst Organic Produce, 2 W Lodge , RG8 7RB, Reading, United Kingdom

Field lab - Woodchip compost for propagation The Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme involves farmers across the country in developing innovative techniques and best practice, aimed at improving...

Farm walk: Coldcot Farm, Wiltshire

23 September 2014

Coldcot Farm, Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6QR

We are an organic farm with a farm shop - (Stourhead farm shop) which has been open for 8 years now. Coldcot Farm comprises of 350 acres with a beef and dairy enterprise. We provide educational visit...

Organic Market Trade Briefing September 2014

23 September 2014

Rudolph Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT

The Soil Association Annual Organic Market Trade Briefing takes place on Tuesday 23rd September , 1:30 - 4:30pm, at Rudolf Steiner House, near Baker Street, London. This year we will be taking a look...

Performance, Parasites & Profit (FPSF)

24 September 2014


A practical day, looking at making best use of home grown feeds, an expert’s view on how to avoid parasites, eating into your profits and how hitting spec can make a difference to your bottom line. S...

Farm walk: Walcot Organic Nursery, Worcestershire

24 September 2014

Walcot Organic Nursery, Lower Walcot Farm, Drakes Broughton, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 2AL

We are fruit tree growers - growing apples, plums, pears, cherries, etc on various rootstocks. We also have a demonstration orchard We have trees available bare rooted from late November through the ...

Field Lab: Controlling creeping thistles in arable crops and grass leys

25 September 2014

Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, P35 6EN

Background to this field lab Creeping thistles are one of the most problematic weeds facing organic arable and grassland farmers due to its ability to grow from small fragments of roots. Once establi...
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 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...