The Soil Association’s Future Growers programme has been training the next generation of organic growers since 2007. Since its formation, the scheme has trained over 80 organic entrepreneurs, and has bought new energy into the field of sustainable fruit and vegetable production.
Now Future Growers is changing the way it works. In 2017, the programme will build on its successes and streamline the education and experience it offers, putting our Future Growers in firm control of their own learning.
The remodelled Future Growers will focus on the providing a six month course of rich, farm-based training events, available to any aspiring grower to participate in. We will draw on our well-established network of inspirational farms to host field trips and deliver comprehensive, educational seminars. With these changes to the programme, we aim to reach more would-be organic growers than ever.
The programme will offer six weekend field trips where our growers will hear from expert tutors; go on farm tours; have access to an exclusive online resource centre; undertake recommended reading; attend specialist conferences and events; interact and understand the wider organic network, and importantly, learn from each other.