Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme – Field Labs : Soil Association


About the programme

The programme involves farmers across the country in developing innovative techniques and best practice, aimed at improving productivity, quality and environmental performance in organic and low-input agriculture. We want to showcase a practical approach to R&D that inspires larger research funders to take an ecological approach and give farmers a real say. More about the programme...

Field labs

At the heart of the programme are field labs - events where farmers and growers test new approaches, share existing best practice and sharpen their problem-solving skills. The field labs are open to all - organic or otherwise - and happen on-farm. More about our current field labs...

Research fund

Research needs to tackle the real problems faced by farmers as they grapple with improving their productivity while protecting the environment. Last year we launched a new research fund where farmers and growers set the priorities. Please note, the second call of our research fund is now closed. More about the research fund...

Student essay competition

We want to hear your ideas on innovation and sustainability, so we asked HRH The Prince of Wales to set a challenging essay title on these themes. The prize is an amazing four-month work placement with Duchy Home Farm, Waitrose, and the Soil Association. The competition is open to all students undertaking a full or part-time agricultural course or taking an apprenticeship in agriculture. More about the essay competition...

Latest blog

Community Farm field lab - second visit

The Community Farm: The Parsnip trial, sown 9 April, was overrun with weeds due to delays in field operations caused by the early cold weather and then the sudden change to warm dry conditions, leading to difficult choices having to be made about priority jobs. The varieties planted were Student and Imperial Crown. Control varieties are Tender & True and Pixie. No comparisons were possible and it was uncertain whether the crops could be rescued.

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Latest field report

Building soil organic matter

16 April 2014

Report on the first field lab meeting on improving soil organic matter levels on arable and vegetable growing farms using green manures. Building soil organic matter
Farm walk: Densholme Farm, East Yorkshire
22 April

Densholme Farm, Great Hatfield, Hull HU11 4UY

Farm Walk: Commonwork Organic Farm, Kent
29 April

Commonwork Organic Farm, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent

Contact us

Please contact us on or call 0117 914 2400 if you have a query about the programme.

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Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation