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.

Kindling Trust Commercial Growers Course

23 March 2015

The Kindling Trust is working to create a more sustainable food system for Greater Manchester and has set up a number of projects as part of that, including Feeding Manchester, the Land Army, and Far...

Improving Soil Health - Developing tools for land managers

31 March 2015

Olde Barn Hotel, Marston, Lincs, UK

Soil is a dynamic and complex material that occurs in nature, on a landscape, within a climate, affected by its physical, biological, social and social/economic setting in which many physical, chemic...

Precision farming and mechanical weeding for forage and arable crops

31 March 2015

Shimpling Park Farm, Shimpling, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 4HY

This workshop has been jointly organised by Abacus Agriculture and the Soil Association to provide delegates with an opportunity to find out about new developments in precision farming and mechanical...

Field Lab: Investigating the potential for feeding sprouted cereals and pulses to livestock

31 March 2015

Parrock Head, Woodhouse Lane Slaidburn BB7 3AH
Directions: Keep to the right on the track passed the house, through the yard, buildings to your left, turn right and head for the green hoppers.
After this session the meeting will move to http://www.slaidburnvillagehall.com for further discussion and lunch.

Background Information An initial teleconference held between four producers in December 2014, suggested that there was interest and possible benefit in running a field lab to investigate further the...

Field Lab: How much will Obsalim® improve the results of your herd?

15 April 2015

Wood Farm, Wroughton, Wiltshire, SN4 9BZ

Background Information This Field lab is an exciting project carrying the promise of a great leap forward in ruminant management. Calculated rations rarely correspond exactly to what the cow actually...

Farm Hack UK - hosted by the the Landworkers' Alliance

18 April 2015

Ruskin Mill College, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth. GL6 0LA

The Landworkers Alliance (LWA) present the first ever FarmHack event outside of north America at Ruskin Mill Farm, Gloucestershire on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April 2015. The event will bring toge...

Renewable Energy Marketplace

21 April 2015

Westpoint Centre, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ

The south west’s biggest energy event. Everything you need to know about renewable energy, energy efficiency measures and generation. Attend a leading conference with individual session prices starti...

National Livestock Event

23 April 2015

Jubilee Hall, Winsham, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4HU

This hugely popular annual event offers practical solutions for farmers on improving efficiency on farm. This event is kindly supported by the Woodland Trust . Thank you to Coombe Farm for hosting th...

Field lab: Fertility building leys and green manures

28 April 2015

Tolhurst Organic Partnership C.I.C., West Lodge, Hardwick, Whitchurch on Thames, Pangbourne, RG8 7RA

Background information The effectiveness of diverse mixtures in fertility building leys and green manures has been demonstrated in the Leg Link research project. This was followed up with the Duchy F...

Soil Health and Fertility - Arable and Field Scale Vegetables

20 May 2015

Russell Smith Farms, Duxford, Cambridgeshire

We will be adding more information to the website shortly including a booking form. 8.30 Coffee and Registration 9.15 Welcome and Introduction - Soil Association and Abacus Agri 9.30 Soil health - Ho...
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Notes from 
 previous events

New futures in farmland ownership

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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...