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Roots at Rushwick seeking trainee/apprentice

14 August 2015

NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR OCTOBER 2015 Set to the West of Worcester, 1 mile from the city centre, we are a small business with a young family looking for a trainee/apprentice to work with us expanding our organic vegetable gardens which are planted over t...

Assistant Grower/Apprenticeship in Wales - January 2016 start

05 August 2015

Troed y Rhiw Organics, West Wales are seeking a keen and enthusiastic grower for a busy and diverse horticulture business on our 23 acre Soil Association certified organic farm.

Plowright Organic – Apprentice Assistant Grower Vacancy

23 July 2015

Job vacancy, immediate effect with the potential to join the Future Growers scheme 2016.

Westmill Organics Seeks Future Growers Apprentice

10 March 2015

Westmill Organics is looking for an apprentice to work and learn while engaging in various aspects of the farm and veg box scheme. The role includes field and polytunnel work, office operations and deliveries.

Over 700 ‘future growers’ seeking organic apprenticeships

22 January 2015

Young people across Britain are seeking opportunities to become well-trained, knowledgeable farmers and growers of organic food. The Soil Association’s Future Growers programme – which matches host farms with eager young growers – has been running a...

Business as usual not an option say soil experts

26 November 2014

Over 200 delegates and speakers gathered for the Soil Association's 6th annual Soil Symposium (25 November 2014) in Solihull to hear from international experts on soil and to discuss the vital area of soil resilience in agriculture.

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.

Apprenticeship in Somerset - DEADLINE EXTENDED

06 March 2014

Stowey Rocks Farm is an 80 acre organic farm in Somerset. We grow 20-30 acres of field vegetables and approaching half an acre of protected cropping. We also have a small apple orchard of some 200 trees. We sell through our vegbox scheme, farm shop ...

Access to land for farming: land partnerships and legal arrangements

18 July 2013

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 Association Future Growers and Biodynamic Associa...

Access to land for sustainable agriculture

26 June 2013

The Soil Association Land Trust and Biodynamic Land Trust are hosting a 3-day event on Access to Land, which will take place in Bristol between 30 June and 2 July. The event is part of EU wide project with participants attending from across Europe t...
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Farming on empty – California in the 4th drought year

Marianne Landzettel: Californians are taking shorter showers, rip out the front lawn to plant cacti while in the nearby mountains numerous forest fires feed on tinder-dry brush. Leave the Pacific behind, cross the Coastal Range and you’ll get to the Central Valley. Over 700 km long, flat as a pancake, with rich soils, mild winters and an average of 300 days of sunshine, the Central Valley is the most productive and profitable agricultural region in the United States: California produces 97% of all kiwis, 95% of all celery, 89% of all spinach, consumed in the US. With roughly 1.8 million cows California is the nations biggest dairy producer. But by far the most valuable crops are nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and of course almonds.

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