The Landworkers’ Alliance will be launching the UK’s first Draught Animal Power Network (DapNet) on Sunday 3rd April at Tinkers Bubble in Somerset. The day will include demonstrations of horse-powered field work & logging, presentations of modern and traditional draught-powered tools and a seminar to discuss the potential of a network for connecting and training draught-animal landworkers in the UK. The day will also offer an opportunity to have a go at leading or driving a working horse and using draught-powered cultivation tools.
The Landworkers’ Alliance and The Land magazine have joined forces to produce a rural manifesto which aims to challenge the elitism that dominates rural policy. The manifesto is also supported by the Family Farmers Association.
The manifesto was launched on Wednesday 6th January at 1.00pm in the Old Library of Oxford Town Hall at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. It includes 46 action points, on matters such a housing, land ownership, agriculture and rural employment. These all have the common aim of making Britain’s rural land and resources more accessible to a wider constituency of people. The full manifesto can be downloaded here:
The Landworkers’ Alliance will be hosting small-scale dairy producers from the UK and India at 9.00am on Thursday 7th January as part of the Oxford Real Farming Conference to discuss the current dary crisis; the false solutions represented by free trade; and the answers that farmers’ unions are proposing.
The UK dairy industry is in a state of ongoing crisis with the prices paid to farmers far below the cost of production. Instead of guaranteeing a fair price for dairy farmers however, the government’s response has been to announce a strategy for increasing the export of milk products to Asia.
The target for this milk has been China and Russia, but the export of milk to Russia has been banned in the sanctions and China has started to increase its own milk production in an attempt to supply the Russian market. Therefore the looming new export market is India – home of the world’s strongest “people’s milk” industry. The EU-India Free Trade Agreement, currently under negotiation, seeks to remove tariffs on European dairy exports to India.
The Landworkers’ Alliance will be joining representatives of La Via Campesina from around the world in Paris next week. We are going to COP21 to tell the world that Food Sovereignty is Climate Justice and the small scale agroecological farming that our members practice is the only real agricultural solution to climate change. See the program of activities for what we will be doing, and where to come and join us. Subsidised bus tickets for Landworkers’ are available up until the last minute and press contacts will be available for interested journalists.
Two courses on running a nanodairy (up to four cows) and a microdairy (up to 40 cows) will be held at Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset in February 2016. See the posters below for more details and how to book.
To view a short film made about the UK Launch of FarmHack in April 2015 at Ruskin Mill in Gloucestershire see the link below.
Come one and all to the LWA AGM on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd November in Coventry.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come or fill out the form below.
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In the light of the current collapse in milk prices the Land Workers Alliance has issued the following policy statement.
The Alliance Landworkers supports the protests against the collapse in milk prices organized by Farmers For Action in Britain, and by numerous farming organizations throughout Europe, including Via Campesina.
Many members of the Landworkers Alliance who produce milk and dairy products are not affected by the collapse in prices because they process and sell their milk directly through local outlets. However the LWA wishes to see a thriving mainstream dairy industry based on small-scale family farms, and supports measures necessary to protect such farms from the vagaries of the global market.
Simon Fairlie, who runs a micro-dairy in Dorset and is LWA’s spokesman for dairy issues, stated:”Today’s average sized dairy farm with 133 cows produces milk with a retail value of about three quarters of a million pounds. It is a staggering indictment of our economic system that we can’t even pay these farmers a living wage.