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Comment on NFU concern that the UK is 'losing ability to feed itself'

24 February 2015

In response to the NFU's concern that the UK is ' losing ability to feed itself ' (Telegraph, 22 February 2015), Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett commented:

Roots at Rushwick seeking Future Growers apprentice

20 February 2015

Set to the West of Worcester, 1 mile from the city centre, we are a small business with a young family looking for a placement student/apprentice to work with us expanding our organic vegetable gardens which are planted over ten acres.

Worton Organic Garden seeking Future Growers apprentice

28 January 2015

A 7 acre diverse and beautiful market garden with fruit, vegetables, flowers, a glasshouse, polytunnels, animals, farm shop and café. Worton Organic Garden is the perfect place for a trainee to learn all about organic growing.

Trainee placements at Daylesford Market Garden

22 January 2015

The Market Garden at Daylesford has been growing for 11 years. The remit of the business is to grow a wide range of seasonal produce to supply into the numerous shops, restaurants and production kitchens of Daylesford Organic.

Over 700 ‘future growers’ seeking organic apprenticeships

22 January 2015

Young people across Britain are seeking opportunities to become well-trained, knowledgeable farmers and growers of organic food. The Soil Association’s Future Growers programme – which matches host farms with eager young growers – has been running a...

Trainees required at Whitethorn Farm in Herefordshire

22 January 2015

Two Horticultural trainees required at Whitethorn Farm , to start March/April until Autumn (minimum). The work includes sowing, planting, plant husbandry, harvest and packhouse work. Minimum five days a week to include weekends. This is an ideal opp...

Future grower trainees - Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons

12 January 2015

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, located in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton in the outskirts of Oxford, is renowned as one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences. It is now recruiting for future grower trainees - closing date 13 ...

Increased support for organic farmers proposed

27 November 2014

Organic farmers received good news yesterday, when Defra proposed increased Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to farmers for organic land and land in conversion to organic in England.

Business as usual not an option say soil experts

26 November 2014

Over 200 delegates and speakers gathered for the Soil Association's 6th annual Soil Symposium (25 November 2014) in Solihull to hear from international experts on soil and to discuss the vital area of soil resilience in agriculture.
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Soil and the power of poo

Marianne Landzettel: ‘Give me five more minutes’ signals Gualu Goud as he’s standing on top of one of his five compost heaps working the top layer with a hoe. I met Gualu earlier this month in a village in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). He’s been a cotton farmer for most of his life. Things were ok until about 10 years ago when yields started to drop even though he used increasing amounts of expensive chemical fertilisers. And looking at his soil he felt really bad, there was no life in it, he says.

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