We bring land managers together with researchers to find real-world, practical solutions for tricky farm problems. Each field lab or DIY trial group researches an issue proposed by the farmers and growers themselves, testing out results across their own holdings. Each group meets up to four times for over a period of up to two years to track the progress of the DIY trial and compare notes.
These field labs aren’t about just discussing what’s known or relying on received wisdom. They’re about giving farmers and growers the chance to directly test out solutions in a practical, hands-on way. You can bring us your most innovative ideas and practices and we’ll help you test them out, with help from expert researchers and Soil Association Scotland specialists.
Get involved in a field lab
Our field labs are free to participate in and open to all land managers, whether organic or otherwise.
Contact us to find out more or if you’ve got an idea you’d like to test out in a field lab – we’re always looking for new field lab topics. And if you’d like to get involved in our existing field labs, take a look below or visit the Innovative Farmers website, where field lab activity from across the UK is shared.
Soil Association Scotland field labs are part of the Soil Association Scotland Future Farming Scotland project, funded and delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, QMS, Forestry Commission Scotland, Innovative Farmers and the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.