In the UK the average farmer is 58 years old, which presents our nation with a big challenge. Not only does this suggest that farming is often not seen as a desirable career choice for young people in the UK, but some farmers of this age can find themselves ‘technologically challenged’ due to their generational relationship with technology. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not tarnishing all farmers with the same brush – many farmers and growers out there are extremely technologically adept – and not all of them are young in age.
05 May 2015 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 0 Anna Louise Batchelor:
Have heard the saying 'you learn something new every day'? Well today you are going to learn about the 'Felfie'! Last Friday I attended induction training for my role on the Soil Association's Standards Board. In one day I learnt; the detailed procedures of setting and implementing the Association's organic standards and the work of each of the individual the standards committees. What I was not expecting to learn, whilst chatting to my new colleagues, was about the 'Felfie'.
29 January 2014 | 4 Comments
| Recommended by 9 Rachel Harries:
As part of an EU learning exchange on access to land I recently spent four days in Lithuania. What I found was a country of contrasts, a beautiful very old town bordered by brutalist Soviet architecture, miles upon miles of high rise concrete blocks, and endless dense pine forests interspersed with villages of wooden houses, pasture with solitary cows and large arable fields, many growing buckwheat.
04 October 2013 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 2 Colin Tudge:
Food and agriculture offer fabulous jobs – real careers. Many people really love farming just as many love medicine or teaching. Of course such jobs are not to everyone’s taste – no job is – but those who love them could not conceive of anything else. There surely are enough wannabe farmers to make enlightened agriculture work, though most of them now are doing other things: making cold-calls, driving vans; or propping up the dole queue.
15 January 2013 | 216 Comments
| Recommended by 51 Helen Browning:
When I started farming organically, 25 years ago, I did so for a number of reasons. I was concerned about diminishing wildlife on the farm; and my desire to find a way to keep pigs and poultry in a way I felt respected their right for a good, natural life had already been stimulated whilst doing my degree at Harper Adams, where visits to supposedly ‘state-of-the-art’ farms sometimes left me shocked by their attitude to animal welfare.
24 February 2012 | 5 Comments
| Recommended by 4 Helen Browning:
It has been a busy few weeks. Organic September is proving a great success with activities taking place all over the country, and lots of promotional activities among our licensees. And today I’m very excited to announce the publication of the first iteration of our refreshed strategy: ‘The road to 2020': Towards healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use’
27 September 2011 | 49 Comments
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