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Catching up with Future Growers apprentices

Rachel Harries: This weekend I’m off to Abbey Home Farm, an 800 hectare organic oasis in the Cotswolds. I’ll be meeting up with nine of our Future Growers, who are learning some of the techniques and approaches needed to produce fruit and veg for the growing organic market. We’ve been running this programme now for eight years and have seen over 50 new organic growers dip their hands in the soil and step onto their own organic journey, so I thought it might be a good time to look back at what some of them have gone on to.

02 October 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

3 more days to go...

Lynda Brown: Those of you following the great new wannabe national Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement will know that they need to raise enough money (£6,500 - a very modest amount by funding standards) to form a national self help network to help the movement go from strength to strength and become a viable alternative reality for everyone, town and country.

25 April 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 12

Introducing farmhopping

Rossi Mitova: As a graduate with a financial degree from Cass Business School in London my future was apparently predetermined: I was to start my career in the financial world where seemingly endless 100 hour working weeks in the city awaited me. On one of my visits home to Bulgaria, a friend of mine took me to a small farm in the mountains. Experiencing the mountains and being around animals made me feel exceptionally close to nature. I made my choice then and there: I left my corporate future behind and I took the road less travelled.

28 February 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

Girl power

Lynda Brown: One of the Soil Association events that left a lasting impression on me was the launch of the national CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) network. It's getting near Spring - that means sorting out where you're going to get your organic veggies from this year. Local box schemes offer brilliant value and tick all the boxes - they leave supermarkets standing when it comes to freshness, variety and feel good customer service (and no more expensive, and come to your door) - but CSAs offer the most visionary and joined up approach yet.

21 February 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 7

How it Should Be....

Lynda Brown: Phew, what a week of ‘How it Should Be’s’ last week was. Kicking off with the CSA conference in Stroud, and finishing with a flourish with the opening of HiSbe, the new 'How it Should Be' happiness before profit store in Brighton (all the rave on Twitter, and, yes, such a great name and concept), as well as the Sustainable Food Trust’s True-Cost Accounting of Food and Agriculture conference, it felt like one of those game changing weeks for the caring, sharing, needs must, small-scale, humankind, Brave New World we are all part of.

10 December 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Putting my money where my mouth is

Anna Louise Batchelor: We all want to eat more local organic food; it's fresher, healthier and reduces food miles but just like money, high quality local organic food doesn't always grow on trees. Over the last couple of years myself and colleagues from the True Food Community Co-operative have been travelling the country talking to would-be and newbie set-up co-ops about how to get started. We've also talked about how to scale up from getting more members to how to provide a viable alternative to the supermarkets. We've been creating a demand for local organic food but with that comes the need for dependable, quality supply.

12 June 2012 | 83 Comments | Recommended by 11

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