Field Lab: Buckwheat for couch control

2pm Friday 24th February 2017 Abbey Home Farm Cirencester

This field lab for OGA and LWA members will attempt to evaluate the potential for buckwheat (and maybe other crops) to reduce couch grass infestations in horticultural rotations. Anecdotal evidence has shown buckwheat to work well within the rotation at Abbey Home Farm (AHF). Can it be built into rotations to reduce the couch grass burden on farms? What are the costs and benefits of using buckwheat (as a potential crop or green manure) in the rotation? Can we compare it with other means of control (e.g. fallowing)?

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The Long Read: Reflections and Revelations, Round up of the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2017

Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful. There is always more to tell than can be told.”
Wendell Berry, American Farmer and Activist.

The seeds of stories

A strong theme throughout the 2017 Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) was the need for us in these times to speak from the heart, and to share with each other our personal stories, our realities, and our struggles. Throughout the two day conference on the 4th and 5th January, I recognised my own experience expressed over and over again through the passionate voices and shared stories of others.

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More Farmers, Better Food: A framework for British Agriculture

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The Landworkers’ Alliance have been working on an 8 point proposal that is integral to sustaining a healthy, vibrant and just farming sector. The UK’s small scale, ecological and family farms are at the heart of our rural culture and communities; they create employment, protect cherished landscapes and produce much of the food that we eat. Click on the “More Farmers-Better Food” image to read the full document.

LWA coordinating group elections

Our fifth AGM is this weekend and it is time for us to start the election process for the co-ordinating group (core group) members who will be elected this year.

Please read below and if you are NOT attending the AGM fill out the vote of confidence form. This can only be done if you are a member of LWA.

Directors Job Description

The role of Director is a voluntary one that involves a significant level of commitment and experience. Directors meet at least 4 times per year and are expected to participate in the running of the organisation on a regular basis via email contact and phone meetings with the rest of the directors.

We aim to represent the diversity of our members among the directors including age, gender, region and type of work or holding.

The term for a director is 3 years, although directors can stand down before that term is served if necessary.

Elections

So, this year, two of the coordinating group members are standing down – Ed Hamer and Ashley Wheeler

We have had three applications from members who wish to stand for election. As this will take our number of coordinating group members up to 12, competitive voting is not required. However, it would be good for all LWA members to give a vote of confidence for the new members of the coordinating group or express any concerns they have.

Could all members please register your approval or concerns by filling out the form below (if you are not coming to the AGM). Members who are attending the AGM can do this there.

 

 

Organic Producer Conference booking is open!

Book early for best prices –  The 11th Organic Producers’ Conference Rising to the challenge: Practical organic farming solutions for an uncertain future will be held on Wednesday 1st February and Thursday 2nd February 2017 at Conference Aston , Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET. We have a tiered system to encourage early booking, with a fixed number of tickets allocated to each tier – when they are gone, they are gone!

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Coordinating group elections

Our fifth AGM is just around the corner and it is time for us to start the election process for the co-ordinating group members (Directors) who will be elected this year.

Directors Job Description

The role of Director is a voluntary one that involves a significant level of commitment and experience. Directors meet at least 4 times per year and are expected to participate in the running of the organisation on a regular basis via email contact and phone meetings with the rest of the directors.

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Landworkers’ Alliance AGM 2016

At long last we have come round to that time of year again. This year our AGM will be held at The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum on Sunday 20th November, with farm tours on Monday 21st November.

The AGM is open to all of our members, and membership will be available on the door (though filling out a membership form online prior to the AGM would be preferable).

Please fill out the form below if you would like to come.

The AGM is always a great opportunity to meet other landworkers from around the UK as well as finding out what we have been up to through the year, and having your say in what we will be up to over the coming year.

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Raw Text Results – British Agricultural Policy Member Consultation

Click the links to access the full text results of the LWA British Agricultural Policy Member Consultation.

  1. Focus on National Food Security
  2. Direct public money to affordable food and good farming
  3. End the discrimination against small farms
  4. Create and maintain decent jobs in farming
  5. Improve environmental and welfare standards
  6. Invest in farmer-led research for resilient solutions
  7. Build markets that work for farmers
  8. Democratize agricultural policy making