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World Soil Day

Monty Don: What struck me at the recent Soil Association conference is the incredible amount of sheer hard work that is being done within the Soil Association and by its partners to look after our soil. For me, their work translates as a real engagement with the soil; with the earth itself - not the idea of it - but the actual physical soil. This engagement is also what motivates me. So, for me, to have a Soil Association is a beautiful thing. It’s a profound thing. Soil is at the core of everything that goes on with their work, whether it be in schools, whether it be project based, whether it be raising money... it’s about the soil. Nothing could be more important.

05 December 2013 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 0

The ground beneath our feet

Tim Young: Most parents probably have phrases they find themselves using far too often. “Say thank you”, “clean your teeth”, “don’t pick your nose”, and so on. This year the phrase my children have become heartily sick of hearing at our allotment is “don’t tread on the soil”, usually exclaimed urgently as one them wanders across one of our vegetable beds. Again.

05 December 2012 | 73 Comments | Recommended by 9

Future of Food depends on vibrant living soils

Caroline Corsie: It was great to hear Helen draw attention to this in her opening remarks. Simple 3rd Law of Thermodynamics in that energy can only pass from hot to cold! There’s something about promoting the organic message to conventional farmers. Perhaps to do this the Soil Association could hypothesise how the likes of Nocton might sit in as part of a range of farming systems (e.g. might it free up land for wildlife, rebuilding soil health).

09 February 2011 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 6

Making the decision

Ben Raskin: Managing a piece of land part time is not easy, just ask my poor neglected allotment. and although I have to some extent adhered to the mantra of "grow for the market" I have also had to limit my choice of crop and site because of the time i will be able to devote to the enterprise. On the plus side of course since i will still be earning on the other days of the week, if the whole enterprise sinks without a trace i won't be responsible for my family's destitution.

15 December 2010 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 4

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