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Grants for Certified Organic Smallholders

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.

Contact Joan Loraine on 01643 862363

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Agroforestry workshop at the Organic Research Centre

AGROFORESTRY: How Trees Can Work on Your Farm

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.

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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.

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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.

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