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Grassland event in May offers 'best-practice' advice

01 March 2010

Organic and non-organic livestock farmers are invited to a free event which will provide the latest advice on 'best practice' organic grassland management techniques to help get the most from pastures.

Over 200 enquiries for Organic Apprenticeship Scheme

01 March 2010

The Soil Association has received over 200 serious enquiries from potential organic apprentices since the start of 2010 - all eager to find work on an organic farm.

Business Link launches new online service for producers

26 February 2010

Business Link has launched a new online resource to help farmers and growers understand farming regulations, and manage the daily challenges of running a successful farming business.

Organic packaging concerns

25 February 2010

New requirements on the use of the new EU organic logo on packaging materials could have “serious repercussions for the organic sector”, warns the IFOAM EU Group.

Developing on-farm renewables

15 February 2010

This event was held on 8 December, 2009, in Forfar. As it was so popular and oversubscribed, two further sessions were held in January and February 2010. The morning sessions looked at understanding how renewables work; installing and funding for re...

Clarification of OMSCo's 'Turning Worm' newsletter [Jan 2010]

20 January 2010

Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative's latest Turning Worm newsletter (January 2010) contains information relating to the Soil Association's organic standards. Unfortuantely, some of the information was inaccurate. Phil Stocker, the Soil Association's...

Dinah Williams: An interview

28 October 2009

The life of Dinah Williams, who was born in 1911, spanned the period from the organic movement’s early years in the 1930s to its prominence in the 21st century. During this time, she was a highly respected dairy farmer, a member of the Soil Associat...

Organic future

28 October 2009

Peter Melchett examines the findings of a University of Reading report looking at how much food would be produced if the whole of England and Wales' farmland was converted to organic agriculture.

Why it happened

28 October 2009

Born 1898, Lady Evelyn Barbara Balfour was a farmer and one of few women in 1915 to study agriculture. Although many people were involved in the Soil Association’s creation and early development, Lady Eve Balfour’s contribution – as its founder and ...

Soil management

13 June 2009

Six Soil management training events were delivered in 2009. The events were held on 13 May at Newmiln Farm (Perth), 8 June at Oakwood Mill (Selkirk), 13 August at Mid Coul Farms (Inverness), 16 September at Rainton Farm (Castle Douglas), 24 Septembe...
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