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CAP reform update Spring 2014

14 April 2014

We have brought together basic information on the current state of play of this round of CAP reform for each country of the UK with specific reference to organic farming. Many details are still being worked out by Defra. The Soil Association is work...

AssureWel Awareness Event, 12.00 - 3.30, Thursday 22nd May, Edinburgh

11 April 2014

Soil Association Scotland invites you to an introduction to AssureWel , a collaborative initiative between Soil Association, RSPCA and Bristol University which is developing a practical system of welfare outcome assessment for the major farm animal ...

EU Organic Regulation Consultation

11 April 2014

The EU Commission is carrying out a review of the organic regulation which sets the baseline rules for all organic food and farming throughout Europe.

New network aims to raise £19,140 to revolutionise local food production

19 March 2014

The UK community supported agriculture (CSA) movement has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £19,140 to support its work encouraging farmers and growers to work in partnership with their local communities.

Soil Association 2014 Organic Market Report reveals growth in organic sales for the first time in four years

13 March 2014

The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report today reveals that the organic sector has seen growth of 2.8% in 2013: the first time the organic market has seen annual growth since 2008.

Grow more grass with the GrassMaster Event, Thursday 15th May, Lochaline, Morvern, Argyll (FPSF), with Organic catch up

12 March 2014

A practical day looking at increasing grass productivity through hands-on field assessment: providing guidance on rejuvenating, reseeding, and over-seeding; what varieties to sow and why; return on investment and aftercare of a new ley.

MEPs vote to reject seed regulation

11 March 2014

The European Commission's proposal for plant reproductive material law, also known as the “seed regulation”, was voted down by the European Parliament today. MEPs cited concerns that the directive would give the Commission too much power and failed ...

Sustainable Food Cities conference: book now

06 March 2014

The first Sustainable Food Cities conference will take place on the 31st March 2014 in Brighton, hosted by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and Food Matters.

Opportunity for producers: A pioneering new way to buy and sell food online to local communities

04 March 2014

Runners up in the Soil Association Innovation Award last year, Farm Drop are on a mission to reshape the UK food supply chain and to champion independent farmers and growers.

Soil, Muck & Money: Nutrient Management Event, Tuesday 4th March, Upper Largo, Fife, with Organic catch up

17 February 2014

A practical day looking at soil management and how to make best use of FYM, slurry and compost.
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Ben Raskin: As bacteria rots organic matter down it produces heat. Trying to make use of this heat to help things grow in our cold Northern climate is nothing new. This is how the Victorians managed to produce pineapples in their walled gardens. However, there seems to be a renewed interest in harnessing this waste energy.

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