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.

Farm walk: Coldcot Farm, Wiltshire

23 September 2014

Coldcot Farm, Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6QR

We are an organic farm with a farm shop - (Stourhead farm shop) which has been open for 8 years now. Coldcot Farm comprises of 350 acres with a beef and dairy enterprise. We provide educational visit...

Organic Market Trade Briefing September 2014

23 September 2014

Rudolph Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT

The Soil Association Annual Organic Market Trade Briefing takes place on Tuesday 23rd September , 1:30 - 4:30pm, at Rudolf Steiner House, near Baker Street, London. This year we will be taking a look...

Performance, Parasites & Profit (FPSF)

24 September 2014

Jedburgh

A practical day, looking at making best use of home grown feeds, an expert’s view on how to avoid parasites, eating into your profits and how hitting spec can make a difference to your bottom line. S...

Farm walk: Walcot Organic Nursery, Worcestershire

24 September 2014

Walcot Organic Nursery, Lower Walcot Farm, Drakes Broughton, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 2AL

We are fruit tree growers - growing apples, plums, pears, cherries, etc on various rootstocks. We also have a demonstration orchard We have trees available bare rooted from late November through the ...

Field Lab: Controlling creeping thistles in arable crops and grass leys

25 September 2014

Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, P35 6EN
 

Background to this field lab Creeping thistles are one of the most problematic weeds facing organic arable and grassland farmers due to its ability to grow from small fragments of roots. Once establi...

Field Lab: Non-Inversion Tillage Techniques

25 September 2014

Yatesbury House Farm, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 8YF
A map and directions can be found here: http://yatesbury.webs.com/apps/location/
 

The aim of this field lab will be to demonstrate how Non Inversion-Tillage (NIT) techniques and Reduced Tillage (RT) techniques using a variety of methods compare to standard cultivation methods (plo...

Soil Association Annual Conference

08 October 2014

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY
 

Save the date for our annual conference – moer details, and ticket information is available here . If you have any enquiries, please contact Laura Andrews on landrews@soilassociation.org or 0117 987 ...

Field Lab: Open Pollinated Seeds

11 October 2014

Higher Ashton, Exeter, Devon EX6 7QQ

This 2 day event combines practical seed saving workshops with discussions about seed breeding and distribution. We will also be looking at results from the second year of the Soil Association’s Open...

Assessing Your Potential: Farm Woodland Creation & Management (SFIN)

14 October 2014

West Dunbartonshire

This practical half-day event will identify the on-farm opportunities for costs, savings and incomes which could be generated by managing existing woodland and planting new woodland. The group will d...

Implementing the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy: investment, innovation and competitiveness

23 October 2014

Central London

This seminar will provide an opportunity to consider next steps for the development of UK agricultural technology, and for implementing the Government's key priorities of supporting new technologies,...
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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...