Farm walkWelcome to our events listings which include a farm walk programme on organic farms across the UK; dedicated sector training events, future growers’ scheme activities and our programme of farmer/ grower field labs. Our events are open to all and we also publicise events for other organisations which are supporting agro ecological farming methods.

Through our training events and wider services we aim to inspire and support farmers to adopt new and more sustainable farming practices as well as providing ongoing professional development for more established organic practitioners.

Field lab - Soil analysis – its use and interpretation

16 March 2015

Tolhurst Organic Partnership C.I.C., West Lodge, Hardwick, Whitchurch on Thames, Pangbourne RG8 7RA

Background Information Farmers and growers are faced today with various methods and approaches to assess the fertility and health of their soils, ranging from spade assessment and earthworm counts to...

Quality Forage: Cuts Costs

17 March 2015

Castle Douglas

A practical morning looking at increasing quantity and quality of home-grown forage and how best to convert to milk and meat, whilst maximising efficiencies of inputs. Plus an update on Torr’s practi...

Soil Focus Day

19 March 2015


Author of the “Biological Farmer” and Wisconsin dairy farmer, Gary Zimmer is a pioneer in improving soil fertility to the benefit of Grassland Productivity and Cow Health. Come and hear Gary speak on...

Cover Crops, Precision Farming and More…

19 March 2015

The Fenton Centre, West Fenton, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6JL

Strategies to Improve Fertiliser Efficiency and Save £s on Your Farm Short presentations on: • Using precision farming to improve fertiliser efficiency, James Taylor, Precision farming specialist, Ne...

Kindling Trust Commercial Growers Course

23 March 2015

The Kindling Trust is working to create a more sustainable food system for Greater Manchester and has set up a number of projects as part of that, including Feeding Manchester, the Land Army, and Far...

Field Lab: Cultural methods to control black grass

24 March 2015

Shimpling Park Farm, Shimpling, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 4HY

Background information Black grass is a weed that has become increasingly problematic in solely arable farming systems dominated by early sown winter cereals in both organic and conventional systems ...

A 3 day Homoeopathic Course designed for Farmers

26 March 2015

Broadfield Farm, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Our team are all qualified homoeopathic vets and professional homoeopaths, all with farm experience. Drawing on our combined experience and teaching skills, we have put together a course which is as ...

Improving Soil Health - Developing tools for land managers

31 March 2015

Olde Barn Hotel, Marston, Lincs, UK

Soil is a dynamic and complex material that occurs in nature, on a landscape, within a climate, affected by its physical, biological, social and social/economic setting in which many physical, chemic...

New developments in precision farming and mechanical weeding for forage and arable crops

31 March 2015

Shimpling Park Farm, Shimpling, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 4HY

This workshop has been jointly organised by Abacus Agriculture and the Soil Association to provide delegates with an opportunity to find out about new developments in precision farming and mechanical...

Field Lab: Investigating the potential for feeding sprouted cereals and pulses to livestock

31 March 2015

Procters Farm,Woodhouse Lane, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3AH

Background Information An initial teleconference held between four producers in December 2014, suggested that there was interest and possible benefit in running a field lab to investigate further the...
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 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...