Apply for £2,000 to host a field lab - applications now closed
Are you a farmer or grower? Got a technical problem and want some help? Perhaps our field labs can help.
Field labs help you get together with handful of likeminded farmers or growers to solve a problem. You meet on one or more of the farms involved, usually 2-3 times. Whether you already have a solution you want to test, or just need ideas, meeting as a group puts many minds to work on it and means you can compare notes with other farms.
What is unique about field labs is that, as well as a facilitator to help the group get the most out of meeting, we provide a researcher to help you try out solutions effectively. So as well as hopefully finding an answer, you pick up skills to help you test whether other new approaches, products and systems work for your business.
Farmers and growers can apply directly for £2,000 to host a field lab. Up to 15 winners will receive £500 cash towards their time and costs, and at least £1,500 in-kind support from the researcher and facilitator. We are very grateful to those who are already hosting field labs, and are launching this competition and extra support to make more people aware of the opportunity.
We want to support field labs that will be relevant to lots of farmers or growers, and that tackle practical challenges sustainably. While the field labs are open to all - we encourage farms that are not certified organic to host - the topic should be relevant to organic producers.
Please note, applications are now closed.
If you have a query about the competition, please contact Christine Iles on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0117 987 4575.