Host a field lab
Are you a farmer or grower? Got a technical problem and want some help? Perhaps our field labs can help. Field labs are open to all farmers.
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.
The Soil Association will provide up to £500 cash towards the costs of the field labs which might include testing of samples, venue costs etc. and at least £1,500 in-kind support from the researcher and facilitator.
We want to support field labs that will be relevant to lots of farmers or growers, and that tackle practical challenges sustainably.
Please read our field lab frequently asked questions to find out more, or contact our research manager Kate Pressland on email@example.com or telephone 0117 987 4572.