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The Landworkers’ Alliance is an organisation of ecological, community and family farmers. We work to overcome the obstacles facing farmers and land-based workers by campaigning for policies to support the infrastructure and markets central to our members livelihoods, building alliances and encouraging solidarity.

We also raise awareness of the role that ecological, community and family farmers play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, rural livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.

Land Skills Day 11th June

Events

Come one and all to the LWA Land Skills Day, held the day before the Green Scythe Fair  on the same site.

The Landworkers’ Alliance will be hosting a variety of different workshops on land based skills throughout the day, and there will be music, food and a bar too…

Tickets for the event must be bought here and include workshops, lunch, dinner, music and entry to the Green Scythe Fair on the following day.

 

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Brexit or Bremain: Collected Opinions and Resources

Below is a collection of resources and opinions that have been forwarded to The Landworkers’ Alliance in the lead up to the referendum, in no particular order. We would love to hear responses, debate, comment and opinion, as well as links to other resources you might have found. Please post them to our forum. Matt Lobley, Associate Professor in Rural Resource Management at the University of Exeter, shares his thoughts on the EU Referendum. The views expressed here are his own. Some… (more…)

International Solidarity on April 17th

Events

The International Day of Peasant and Agrarian Struggle is remembered on April 17th each year, a day of solidarity to the struggle and persecution peasants and small scale farmers face around the world. April 17th 2016 marks 20 years since 19 peasant men and women were murdered by security forces in Brazil’s northern state of Para whilst demonstrating for agrarian reform. The victims were part of a demonstration of 1,500 landless men and women calling for the federal appropriation of a… (more…)

Public land for public good

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The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) hung a 7m banner over the entrance to the treasury today to highlight the continued sell off of publicly owned farmland and council housing under the Government’s austerity programme. The action took place as part of La Via Campesina’s ‘International day of Agrarian Struggle’ that will see co-ordinated actions across more than 70 countries highlighting threats to the livelihoods of 200 million ecological and family farmers worldwide.

The LWA’s action focussed on the 9,500 acres of publicly owned farmland and 219 working farms that have been sold by local councils since 2010 under pressure from the Government to raise capital and meet fiscal deficits. The sell off of the public farmland estate is part of £37bn of privatization sales made by George Osborne since 2010 under which public food and farming assets have been regarded as any other commodity to be bought and sold.

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Brexit Survey: The Results

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A huge thank  you to everyone that participated in our recent Brexit survey. To summarise the results: 80% of members wish to remain in the EU Unsurprisingly, food and farming issues are important factors in people’s decision. Almost 50% of members feel that the Landworkers’ Alliance should stay neutral, but provide facts and challenge spin to help voters make their minds up. This formed a significant majority however it is worth noting that 31% of respondents felt the LWA should campaign to stay in… (more…)

Brexit: Should we stay or should we go?

In the upcoming EU Referendum The Landworkers’ Alliance want to act on behalf of our membership. Please Respond to this Quick Survey and help decide The Landworkers’ Alliance position on Brexit. Rebecca Laughton considers the impact leaving or staying in Europe would have on farming in the UK, with contributions from Ed Hamer and Lynne Davis Back in December, I attended a symposium organised by Tim Lang at City University entitled “UK, Food, Europe: in or out?”. Over the course of a day… (more…)

Landworkers’ Alliance join the Farming to London march

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The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) are announcing official support for the ‘Farming to London’ march taking place on Wednesday 23rd March 2016. LWA members will be travelling to London from across the UK to take part in the demonstration and to show solidarity with the UK’s wider farming community whose livelihoods have been undermined by policies of the Conservative government. “We commend Farmers For Action (FFA) for calling this demonstration to highlight the inequality of the UK’s agriculture industry” says LWA… (more…)

Micro-Dairy Conference

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This week Monkton Wyld Court, home to one of the oldest continually operating micro-dairies in the country, hosted a packed ‘micro dairying’ conference. Over 2 days, 50 dairy farmers from around the country gathered to discuss ways in which farmers can survive in the current dairy crisis.

Discussions focused around presentations by farmers who have successfully built dairy businesses based on herds of 10 – 40 cows. In each case, success depended on reclaiming the margin from middle men by finding ways to sell high quality milk directly to customers. As well as increasing sales prices, these micro-dairies have managed to cut production costs by making better use of pasture, managing breeds for resilience over yield, and often added value by processing.

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Launch of Draft Animal Power Network

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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.

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Equality in the Countryside: A Rural Manifesto for the Parliamentary Opposition

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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:

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