James Dennis's blog

2014 Organic Farm Management Handbook

Now in its 20th year of publication, the 10th edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook will be available in early February 2014.
This is a ‘must have’ publication for everyone interested in the business of organic farming and growing. The new edition provides an update on CAP reform developments as well as on organic markets as growth finally returns. Detailed gross margin and farm income data help provide insights into the real costs of running an organic farm.


CSA Conference and National Network Launch Report

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) conference and national network launch – The Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Gloucestershire – December 2nd and 3rd 2013

I was one of just over 100 people who attended this event, brilliantly organised and generously supported by the Soil Association, in the centre of Stroud. I was also kindly allowed to set out a table and give away information... and badges.


Soil biology and nutrient management workshops for producers


Your soils – the future of your business

Soil degradation is the largest potential disaster facing us all said Monty Don at the recent Soil Association Conference. We may think that we are protected from this in the South West where so much of our land is used for grazing livestock. This may be true as far as soil organic matter is concerned but can we all say that we make the best use of all the nutrients available for our soils and that we understand all we need to about the organisms in the soil which we rely on to work for us.


Defra CAP reform consulations

You may already be aware that Defra has launched a consultation seeking views on how England should implement the next round of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) for 2015 to 2020. This consultation will be of interest to farmers, land managers, rural businesses and those working in the rural economy or with a role in environment management. The consultation will close on November 28, 2013.


First 75 tickets sold for the Oxford Real Farming Conference

    The Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) - Has 25 Early Bird tickets left.  This year ORFC - Building the Renaissance - tickets are sold on a sliding scale - ticket prices increase the more are sold.

The first 100 tickets are available at only £15 for both days of the conference. These are almost gone now and ticket prices will then increase.

So visit our booking page now to make sure you get one.

Also don't forget to buy tickets for the rest of the conference at the same time.


ORC 2014 Organic Producers' Conference

In late January the Organic Research Centre will be hosting it's annual Organic Producers Conference at Aston Business School in Birmingham, please look below or click on this link for more details -  http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/?i=events.php&event_id=240


ORC 2014 Organic Producers' Conference

22 January 2014
to 23 January 2014

Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET

Intensive Sustainability or Sustainable Intensification - which way forward for organic farming?


100th WWOOF volunteer in 3 years at Bosavern Community Farm

Bosavern Community farm formed when Cornwall Council decided, in 2009, to sell the farm and buildings.  Some individuals from the local community rallied others and secured the money to buy the farm for the community through Bosavern Community Enterprises Ltd (BCEnts) a not-for-profit community organisation set up in 2011.  We are very proud they are WWOOF hosts and here are some stats from them...

WWOOF statistics.