BBC Radio 4’s On Your Farm episode this week was all about our launch of FarmHack at Ruskin Mill farm in April, attended by around 120 farmers and growers from across the UK and guests from France and the USA.
Farmhack is an initiative born out of the Greenhorns young farmers movement in the U.S. that aims to bring together farmers, growers, engineers and designers to create appropriate scale farm tools for a new generation. (more…)
A fine April day in Bury St Edmonds saw 75 LWA members and friends assemble outside the British Sugar factory. We were there to mark Via Campesina’s international Day of Peasant Struggle which commemorates the massacre of 19 landless farmers in Brazil in 1996
Joined by the Rev Billy and his choir, and various musical accompaniment, we heard how the subsidy system favours big corporate agriculture at the expense of small farmers, and the damaging effects of the current sugar industry on employment, climate, health, and farming. (more…)
The Landworkers’ Alliance is proud to present Feeding the Future, our comprehensive report which lists our four major policy requests of policy makers.
The report addresses how small and medium scale agroecological farmers can address the agricultural challenges of the twenty-first century and what support is needed from DEFRA to support making these changes. (more…)
How productive is your holding? “A Matter of Scale” is a survey of the productivity of small-farms being carried out by the Landworkers’ Alliance in conjunction with Coventry University, until April 26th. We invite anyone earning at least part of their livelihood from 20ha (50 acres) or less, as opposed to farming purely for subsistence, to take part. A link to the online questionnaire can be found here https://coventry.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/amatterofscale
To here a little about the survey click here for a short video.
Here are six good reasons for taking part in the survey:
A new partnership has been set up between WWOOF UK and the Land Workers Alliance, whereby new or renewing host members of each organisation can benefit from one year’s free membership with the other organisation.
So, as long as you fit into the criteria of both groups you can get two memberships for the price of one!
This ‘joint membership’ offer runs from 1 April 2015 until 1 April 2016. (more…)
Groundspring Harvest Fire
18-19 October 2014
Ruskin Mill Farm, Gloucestershire
The Groundspring Network found its feet on solid ground last weekend with a development event, the Harvest Fire. More than 30 beginning and experienced farmers, growers and woodsmen gathered and made camp at Ruskin Mill in Gloucestershire to share challenges and celebrate experiences on the land, ground the network within the community of entrant land-workers and forge a path forward together.
Opening the gathering, Sophia, Lucy and Ella, co-founders of the Groundspring Network, outlined the story of the network so far, and shared their reasons for why they feel it is needed.