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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.

From field to fork: new film on seed saving

30 July 2014

The Soil Association's Ben Raskin has teamed up with the Guardian's Kim Stoddart to explain how seed-saving can save money, liven up your garden and help you cut down on food miles.

Prince of Wales visits innovative research project

18 July 2014

As part of his annual Food and Farming Summer School, HRH The Prince of Wales met with students and farmers at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire.

New research shows significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food

11 July 2014

New research from Newcastle University, to be published on Tuesday 15 July, in the British Journal of Nutrition , has shown that organic crops and crop-based foods – including fruit, vegetables and cereals – are up to 60% higher in a number of key a...

Government must uphold ban on bee-harming pesticides

01 July 2014

Ministers must stand up to intense lobbying from the pesticide industry by refusing to allow a banned bee-harming pesticide to be sprayed on Britain’s crops, the Soil Association has said in in a letter to David Cameron today (Tuesday 1 July).

Government urged to reject Syngenta's bid to use banned pesticide

27 June 2014

The Soil Association has called on David Cameron to reject a bid by Syngenta to be allowed to ignore the EU ban on bee-damaging pesticides in the UK. On Tuesday Syngenta asked to be allowed to use one of its neonicotinoid pesticides on around 186,00...

Please help us ensure a fair deal for organic farming in the new CAP

11 June 2014

Please help us engage with the current local level consultation on agri-environment payments in the newly reformed CAP.

CAP reform update June 2014

06 June 2014

We have brought together the latest basic information on the current state of play of this round of CAP reform for each country of the UK with specific reference to organic farming. Many details are still being worked out by Defra. The Soil Associat...
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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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