Events

Farm walkThe Soil Association continues to provide dedicated training events for farmers and growers across the UK, as well as providing technical support to other organisations and alerting Soil Association members about relevant non-Soil Association events.

Through our training events and wider services we aim to inspire and support new entrants to enter organic agriculture, to provide practical work-based training through our Future Growers Scheme, as well as ongoing professional development for more established organic practicioners.

Natural & Organic Products Europe 2015

28 November 2014

We are delighted to announce we will once again have a dedicated Soil Association pavilion in a prominent position at The Natural Food show. This area will be available for Soil Association licensees who would like to exhibit at the UK’s No.1 trade event for organic products produce, to present their products and develop wholesale order with the largest gathering of UK and European organic buyers.

Natural & Organic Products Europe is the annual event for organic buyers in the UK and is fast becoming the favorite place for European buyers to do business. This year’s was the biggest exhibtion in...

Farmer-led innovation: experience and opportunities for support

06 January 2015

Oxford Real Farming Conference, The Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

The session aims to explore the thinking behind initiatives to support innovation by farmers, share experiences, and highlight opportunities to get involved. Introduction and Chair (5 minutes): Bruce...

Britain’s soil: securing farming’s most precious asset

06 January 2015

Oxford Farming Conference,Room 14 at The Examination Schools, University of Oxford, 75-81 The High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG

This 30 minute Fringe event is being organised in conjunction with the Woodland Trust and aims to highlight to the audience the crucial importance of soils and good soil managemen t. Welcome and Intr...

Optimising productivity and soil health by building soil organic matter

07 January 2015

Oxford Real Farming Conference, The Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX

The session aims to provide practical examples of how farmers and growers are increasing soil organic matter and health . Introduction and Chair (5 minutes): Ben Raskin (Head of Horticulture, Soil As...

Understanding the Soil Food Web with Dr Elaine Ingham

08 January 2015


Dr. Ingham ( http://www.soilfoodweb.com ) will give two one-day workshops on the Soil Food Web on January 8th and 9th. The content of both will be broadly similar except that examples in the first wo...

Introduction to organic farming and food supply chains - principles and practice

28 January 2015

Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR

For farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain. The course will provide an introduction to: th...

Introduction to the business of organic food production

29 January 2015

Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR

This course is for farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain. This course will provide an ove...

Introduction to organic arable and horticultural production systems and markets

04 February 2015

Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 OBW

One day course for farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain. The course will provide an over...

Introduction to organic livestock husbandry and markets

12 February 2015

Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester, GL7 5HF

One day course for farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain. The relationship between the he...

Organic food supply chains and the environment

25 February 2015

Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR

This course is for conventional and organic farmers, advisers, researchers and all those involved in the food supply chain. The course will cover aspects of reconciling productivity with protection o...
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Notes from 
 previous events

New futures in farmland ownership

The final day of our Access to land events looked at land ownership, how we can make it stack up economically and how communities in France have taken real ownership of their land and food supply thr...

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...