About the programme

Supporting farmers across the country in developing innovative techniques, aimed at improving productivity, quality and environmental performance in agriculture. Showcasing a practical approach to research and development that inspires larger research funders to take an ecological approach and give farmers a real say. More about the programme...

Field labs

At the heart of the programme are field labs - events where farmers and growers test new approaches, share existing best practice and sharpen their problem-solving skills. The field labs are open to all - organic or otherwise - and happen on-farm. More about our current field labs...

Research fund

Research needs to tackle the real problems faced by farmers as they grapple with improving their productivity while protecting the environment. Last year we launched a new research fund where farmers and growers set the priorities. Please note, the second call of our research fund is now closed. More about the research fund...

Innovation award

The Innovation Award celebrates pioneering ideas in farming and growing across the UK. The award focuses on innovation that benefits the environment, health or animal welfare. The award is open to anyone involved in farming and growing, for example producers, community groups, scientists, farming consultants, designers and engineers. More about the innovation award...

Latest blog

Field lab: 2013 seed trials overview

Kate Collyns: It's official: seeds can be sexy, ok? As well as their various shapes, colours and textures, it's what they represent in terms of actual food and produce that catches the interest; not to mention what seeds represent when it comes to food sovereignty - owning the ability to reproduce food, not just the food itself. I took part in the Duchy Originals Field Lab seed trials in 2013 because I always like trying out new varieties; but also because it's becoming increasingly clear that specially bred hybrid seeds are becoming more unaffordable for smaller growers (although buying groups can help) and seed can't be saved from the resultant crop; while cheaper open-pollinated seeds may not be as well maintained as they should because there is no money in it.

19 February 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 9

Latest field report

Fertility building leys

01 December 2014

Download the final report for the field lab 'Fertility building leys in arable rotations and ruminant diets'.
Farm walk: Gold Hill Organic Farm - Dorset
15 July

GoldHill Organic Farm, Ridgeway Lane, Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, DT11 8HB

Field Lab: Growing heritage thatching wheat varieties
22 July

Wakelyns Agroforestry, Metfield Lane, Fressingfield, Near Eye, Diss, Suffolk, IP21 5SD

Contact us

Please contact us on producer.support@soilassociation.org or call 0117 914 2400 if you have a query about the programme.

Supported by...

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Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation

Organic Research Centre