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.

National Soil Symposium

25 November 2014

St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull, West Midlands B91 1AT

Save the date for our National Soil Symposium. More details to follow here...

Trees: a Valuable Resource. Woodland Management and Biomass (FPSF)

26 November 2014

Newton Stewart

A practical day looking at trees: from planting and pruning to processing; how to manage existing woodland; opportunities for selling wood and wood fuel; what you need to know to commission a boiler;...

Update on countryside stewardship and organic farming implications

03 December 2014

Riverford Organic Farms,Wash Barn, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0JU

The new countryside stewardship scheme to replace HLS and ELS will be launched next year. This workshop will discuss the new scheme and explain some new terms such as priority sites, priority areas, ...

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

05 December 2014

Overburns Farm, South Lanarkshire

This practical afternoon event will identify the on-farm opportunities for costs, savings and income options which could be generated by managing existing woodland and planting new woodland. As well ...

Oxford Real Farming Conference

06 January 2015

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX

Bookings are now open for the 2015 Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC). Taking place on January 6-7th, the conference will be two days packed full of inspirational and thought-provoking discussions...

Understanding the Soil Food Web with Dr Elaine Ingham

08 January 2015

Dr. Ingham ( ) 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...

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...