The Soil Association Future Growers scheme is looking for more host farms to train up the next generation of organic growers. The scheme now offers six month placements for trainees as well as our proven two year placements for apprentices.
We find that host farms reap real benefits from committed and passionate staff who bring fresh ideas and energy into your business. You get to pass on your skills and knowledge and play a valuable role in helping to train our future growers.
Loraine Trust grants of up to £2500 are available to certified organic farmers/growers for projects that aim to benefit your holding and its wildlife.
You need to work between 1-150 acres of land, to have a yearly household income of less than £24000, to send full details of your project before 15 March 2014 to The Loraine Trust, Greencombe, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8NU.
The current challenge for farmers is to meet the growing demand for local food production whilst ensuring long-term sustainability. Trees on farms can provide a range of benefits; shade & shelter, water & soil management, food, fodder, timber and fuel all of which can contribute to this challenge.
Running from March to December 2014 this is a vocational training and work placement programme for new entrants and employees wanting to develop their food growing, local marketing and small business skills.