Sources of help from the Soil Association
Joining the Soil Association as a Producer Member enables you to access a wealth of information and support. Whether you’re growing veg or rearing livestock or chickens, you don’t have to be certified organic to become a member and benefit from the telephone helpline, technical guides, training events, publications and enews, market information and intelligence.
This is the Soil Association's free monthly email designed to keep farmers, growers, and consultants up to date with sector news, as well as relevant new services, literature and training available. To subscribe to the monthly Producer News, send an email with the subject 'subscribe' to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organic farm school
The Soil Association's Organic Farm School, is a series of hands-on courses in growing, rearing animals, cooking and rural crafts. The courses cater to all skill levels and provide the opportunity to learn from organic farmers with personal experience - from a one-day basic introduction to more professional expertise.
Courses include: Introduction to organic growing, Creating fertile soil - the organic way, Weed and pest control within the organic regime, Herbs and wildlife, Fruit growing, Principles and techniques of organic growing, Saving seeds, mulching and green manures, Plant division and propagation, Pruning, harvesting and storing, Beekeeping, Goat husbandry, Cheese making.
Organic Apprenticeship Scheme
If you want to develop real skills in organic horticulture, why not become an apprentice on an organic farm. The scheme provides a two year work-based placement on an organic farm combined with a series of seminars.
Resources for Farmers and Growers
For comprehensive range of excellent information including technical information, training events, the market, projects etc. Visit resources for farmers and growers.
Sources of help from other organisations
Detail of funding sources from banks to charitable trusts to Parish Councils.
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