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The other ‘Yes’ campaign

Traci Lewis: Coming back to work this month I have been confronted with a range of new food-related initiatives and campaigns. What is it about September that creates this urge for change? In fact, whilst in this ‘back to school’ mood, I do actually find it a much better time than January to make positive lifestyle changes. And who knows? Picking up some good habits and sticking to them for a month will help them become routine, so maybe I can keep at it after September winds down.

15 September 2014 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 12

My organic beauty journey

Calgary Avansino: Although I have always been very conscious about the food that I eat, the exercise I do and the products I clean my house with, my skincare and cosmetics regime lacked serious attention for a long while. I think, like many women, I just accepted the marketing and product names for what they were, and never looked much further than the packaging – I certainly never read the ingredients label, or considered what those long, unpronounceable words meant for my body.

12 September 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Organic September – what's your small change?

Helen Browning: 2014 already has been a great year for all things organic. So far we've seen the UK organic market return to growth for the first time since 2009 and the publication of a landmark scientific study, which showed nutritional differences in organic vegetables, fruit and cereals. All this stands us in good stead for our 'small changes, big difference' campaign for this Organic September.

29 August 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 0

Organic September needs a recipe for success

Anna Louise Batchelor: Last year’s ‘Organic September’ was a great success with organic food sales in the month increasing by nearly 9%. The ‘Small Changes, Big Difference’ campaign theme also gained a great deal of publicity in both print and social media, the latter allowing people to really engage with the campaign through making personal pledges. Personally I know that Organic September 2013 has been a success because I’m already recipe writing for September 2014.

31 July 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 8

Tweet tweet......

Lynda Brown: Thanks to a friend who did it for me, I've just signed up to Twitter – @lyndaingarden. Yes, I know I'm a wimp and it's taken me forever, but when it comes to social media I'm an out and out laggard. It feels a bit like first day back at school , very exposed and dead nervo

02 October 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

What was your small change?

Charmaine Coutinho: The last month, has seen our friends at the Soil Association holding its Organic September campaign, Small Changes, Big Difference. It’s a campaign designed to encourage people to switch to organic products by making one small change at a time that ultimately, will make a big difference. Changing to organic milk for example. Or organic fruit and veg. Or maybe making your weekly Sunday roast dinner an organic one. There are plenty of things to do and the Soil Association has been making daily suggestions to give you some inspiration.

01 October 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 4

Big Changes to make an even Bigger Difference

Susi Seward: Back in April I attended an event on farmer-led CSA’s where I met intriguing, moustachioed farmer Davon Friend. He gave a talk about the journey he and his brother have embarked upon to set up a meat and dairy CSA. In my experience CSA’s are usually about growing veg, and so this seemed a pretty unique project. I wanted to find out more and jumped at the chance when Davon invited me to pop by if I was ever in the area.

26 September 2013 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 405

Traditional Organic flour mills

Rachel Payne: This Organic September we are encouraging people to make one small change to their buying habits and people of Britain I encourage you to introduce organic flour to your shopping bag.

24 September 2013 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 6

Branching out into Beef

Stephen Smith: In my role as Senior Certification officer at Soil Association Certification I particularly enjoy the chance to get out of the office and meet our inspiring farmers. This year’s Organic September theme is ‘Small Change, Big Difference’, which gave me the perfect excuse to visit one of our licensees who really are making changes. On a fine summer’s day back in August I visited Langford Farm, where pioneering Charlie and Teresa Allward have recently branched out by setting up a unique beef box scheme, making good use of the calves produced from their dairy herd.

20 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 11

Small Blooming Changes; Big Bloomin’ Difference!

Susi Seward: As a senior certification officer for Soil Association Certification I have daily contact with a range of growers who work hard to produce delicious organic fruit and veg, sometimes with a few flowers on the side for decoration and companion planting. Therefore for a while now, my interest has been piqued by licensee Jan Billington who specialises in growing organic flowers to eat!

13 September 2013 | 6 Comments | Recommended by 5

My small change

Rob Sexton: Organic September is upon us again in the form of the Small Changes, Big Difference – a campaign theme based around the fact that collective efforts can reap extraordinary results.

04 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

Small changes for September

Helen Browning: It’s great to be starting our Small changes, Big difference campaign this Organic September. We believe that if we all make a small and achievable change to our shopping habits in September, and beyond, we can make a huge difference to our planet. As a practising organic farmer, I see first-hand the difference farming my land organically makes – from more bees and hedgerows, to contented, healthy animals, to lots of people gainfully working here and enthusiastic customers.

02 September 2013 | 13 Comments | Recommended by 12

Health, as I understand it

Helen Browning: It’s been good to be on the farm for the weekend, to re-establish my equilibrium after a hectic week. As well as interviewing for our new Director of Communications (lots of brilliant candidates, more news shortly), holding a well received staff conference (so much progress reported), hosting policy makers at the farm and supporters at Highgrove, launching Organic September, and all the usual busyness of the Bristol office, we have had the additional complication of the Stanford University report, and its reporting in the media.

10 September 2012 | 9 Comments | Recommended by 10

Spreading the love in the new (school) year

Kathie Auton: September is here and we might feel justified this year in finally giving up on the summer and embracing the new (school) year. Unlike the chilly, dark and bleak new year in January, the September new year is a more fruitful affair. Both in the sense of a new beginning for children starting school or moving up a year and in the sense that the new season's Bramleys are here, Victoria plums are putting in an appearance and, whilst the Discoveries may be all but over, we have months of apply joy to look forward to. So for me, we should light the fireworks and make the resolutions in September not January, but perhaps that’s just the teacher in me.

07 September 2012 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 5

Italian Breadmaking in the Scottish Borders

Soil Association Scotland: Helen Jukes writes about her experience of the Italian Breadmaking course at Bread Matters...

30 September 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Organic wine tasting hits Glasgow!

Soil Association Scotland: The newly established wine merchants Quel Vin in Glasgow have been busy with organic wine tastings every weekend this September, resulting in a lot of happy customers leaving with organic goodies.

23 September 2011 | 4 Comments | Recommended by 7

Countdown is commencing

Helen Carey: This week (Wednesday to be precise) saw a five week count down to the first schools farmers market. I spent the day with with 40 year 5 children from Sebright Primary School in Hackney who have been assigned the job of 'market planners' for their first market – due to take place on 20th October. In fact work is already well under way with each year group set to have their own stall.

18 September 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 5

Organic September in Scotland

Soil Association Scotland: Soil Association Scotland are blogging about everything Organic September in Scotland. Here's whats happening so far...

16 September 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 3

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