Events

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.

Licensee events - Meet with Helen Browning

23 April 2015

Helen is hosting several meetings around England, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next three months where she hopes to meet up with many licensees farmers & growers in person, to talk about our work, and the changes we are planning and most importantly to hear your thoughts about the Soil Association. 

The dates, timings and venues are listed here, with the first one being at Helen's farm near Swindon on Friday 8th May, 3 - 6pm ; we will have a farm walk for those who are interested, as well as a g...

Field Lab: Assessing blight resistant potato varieties

11 May 2015

Fearniewell Croft, Muiryden, Fortrose, IV10 8SW.

A practical half-day event looking at blight-resistant organic potato varieties, including Carolus and Athlete. Host Dan Ross will trial several varieties this se...

Field Lab: Observation techniques for herd health - Meeting 2

13 May 2015

Manor Farm, Waterhay, Leigh, Swindon SN6 6QY 

What? Many herdsman use different animal based indicators and observations to track how their herd is responding to the resources they are being provided with, mainly feed, but also their environment...

Field Lab: Controlling creeping thistles in crops and grass leys (Meeting 2)

14 May 2015

Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, P35 6EN

The Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme involves farmers across the country in developing innovative techniques and best practice, aimed at improving productivity, quality and environmental perf...

Field Lab: Using compost tea on crops (Meeting 4)

19 May 2015

Throne Farm, Weobley, Hereford, HR4 8TE

The Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme involves farmers across the country in developing innovative techniques and best practice, aimed at improving productivity, quality and environmental perf...

Soil Health and Fertility - Arable and Field Scale Vegetables

20 May 2015

Russell Smith Farms, College Farm, Grange Rd, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QF

Practical and innovative management techniques for building soil organic matter and fertility on vegetable and arable farms Programme: 8.45 Coffee and Registration 9.15 Welcome and Introduction Ben R...

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals #1

28 May 2015

28th May, Kirklinton, Cumbria

We are running rush control workshops at 3 regional host farms across the country, with a fourth in August. Attendees will hear about non-chemical management options, discuss priorities for the farm/...

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals #2

04 June 2015

Ullapool

We are running rush control workshops at 3 regional host farms across the country, with a fourth in August. Attendees will hear about non-chemical management options, discuss priorities for the farm/...

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals #3

05 June 2015

Kirkton Farm, Crianlarach

We are running rush control workshops at 3 regional host farms across the country, with a fourth in August. Attendees will hear about non-chemical management options, discuss priorities for the farm/...

A countryside stewardship and organic farming workshop

09 June 2015

Eaton Estate, Eccleston, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 9ET

Background and aims of this meeting The new countryside stewardship scheme to replace HLS and ELS will be launched this year with an application window of July, August and September. This workshop wi...
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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...