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Trees: a Valuable Resource. Woodland Management and Biomass

17 September 2014

Wednesday 29th October, Elphin, nr Ullapool 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; the R...

Important message to all organic farmers in Wales

17 September 2014

Applications for the Glastir Organic Scheme will need to be made this autumn between 29th September and 31st October .

Antibiotic usage in livestock (standards 10.9.7 and 10.9.8)

12 September 2014

With the growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, antibiotics from the fluoroquinolone and 3rd and 4th generation cephalosporin groups are critically important for use in human and animal medicine. To prevent bacteria from developing ...

Soil Association 2014 Conference now open for bookings

10 September 2014

The Soil Association 2014 Conference is now open for bookings. Taking place on 8-9 October 2014, at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, the conference will debate some of the biggest issues facing our food and farming systems.

Market opportunity for beef and lamb producers

27 August 2014

Eversfield Organic are looking for more certified pasture-fed meat to fulfil increasing demand from retailers.

A Farm Walk with Bread Matters in the Scottish Borders

25 August 2014

On Wednesday 10th September Andrew Whitley and Veronica Burke are holding a Farm Walk from 16:00 to 19:00 at Bread Matters, Macbiehill Farmhouse, Lamancha, West Linton, Scottish Borders, EH46 7AZ

Performance, Parasites & Profit Event, Wednesday 24th September, Jedburgh

14 August 2014

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.

Seed-bombing: new film on seed saving

01 August 2014

The Soil Association's Ben Raskin has teamed up with the Guardian's Kim Stoddart to tell you about their adventures in seed-bombing.

Soil Association to host event to help growers take advantage of the upturn in the organic market

01 August 2014

This year the Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report revealed that the organic sector saw growth of 2.8% in 2013: the first time the organic market has seen annual growth since 2008 [1].

In the vegetable garden: new film on seed saving

31 July 2014

The Soil Association's Ben Raskin has teamed up with the Guardian's Kim Stoddart to explain why seed saving is a fun way of saving money and keeping rare heritage vegetables alive, and which vegetables are ideal for beginners.
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Succeed with seed with selection perfection

Ben Raskin: One of the keys to saving your own seed is the 'selection', or identifying the best of your plants to keep the seed from. If you are aiming to 'maintain' a variety, in other words to keep it as close as possible to the original genetics of that variety, then there will be specific traits you will need to keep (colour, height, pest or disease resistance for instance). Most of just want to ensure the selection performs well in our garden or farm.

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