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.
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.
About 70 of us set off from the Oxford Real Farming conference at 7:30 AM this Tuesday to politely protest outside the doors of the OFC and talk to delegates about how we felt our voices were being excluded from the debate about farming.
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.