Transforming the way we farm
Better food for more people. Better for our natural world.
That’s the impact we’ll have if we change the way we farm. Sound good?
It is possible to produce nutritious food for all through kinder farming – without using chemicals or killing wildlife, and whilst giving farm animals a good life.
We help farmers tread more lightly on the planet
The way we produce a lot of food in the UK is messed up. And it all starts with our soil.
Healthy soils are full of life. They produce healthy crops that nourish people and animals. But when chemicals are used and lands are intensively farmed, soil is damaged. Keeping it healthy is essential if we are to feed a growing population, and protect our environment.
All farms, big and small, organic and non-organic, have a part to play in making farming more rewarding for all. It’s a challenge, along with the stark financial and environmental changes farming faces. But the solutions to these challenges are coming from farmers who are finding new ways to grow better food, and protect our land for future generations.
The next generation of growers and farmers
You will help to secure our food supply and protect the countryside for future generations by supporting our work and changing the way we farm.
We’re working with the next generation of growers and farmers through our:
- Innovative Farmers scheme, part of the Duchy Future Farming programme, which is funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation and delivered with our partners. So far, more than 750 farmers and growers have worked together to challenge the status quo and share new, ecological ways to farm through our Field Labs.
- Future Growers apprenticeships and traineeships, which offer farm-based practical training on organic farms across the UK.
- Future Farming Scotland programme, in Scotland we're holding free, practical events for hundreds of farmers, growers and crofters to help them explore how sustainable farming methods can be great for farm business as well as the environment.
Our solution-focused approach to farming is being celebrated. Both Defra and the European Commission have highlighted our Duchy Future Farming programme as an 'excellent example of innovation in farming.'
Support for Farmers & Growers
We work with organic and non-organic farmers to share and develop practises that are better for the environment and future of farmingFind Out More
In this section...
- What is agroecology?
- Agroecology conference
- IDDRI report: Ten Years for Agroecology in Europe
- Farming for change report: 10 years to agroecology in the UK
- Progress towards a transition to agroecology and sustainable diets
- Evidence Hub: Agroecological Farming & Land Use
- Regenerative Agriculture position statement
Completing the Soil Association’s Future Grower traineeship has made me acutely aware of the truly devastating effects that pesticides have on wildlife, our farming systems and human health. As somebody who has a direct connection with growing food, it makes absolutely no sense to me to use pesticides - it just isn’t necessary if we learn how to bring back more balanced ecosystems.Amy Cartwright Soil Association Future Grower trainee and organic grower