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The Landworkers’ Alliance is an organisation of farmers, growers and land-based workers. We work to overcome the obstacles facing us 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 small-scale producers, family farmers and land-based workers play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, rural livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.

Landworkers’ Alliance launch New Entrants policy position paper

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The Landworkers’ Alliance New Entrants policy paper announces a number of targeted policies to support New Entrants in post-Brexit UK agriculture. The proposals include increased funding for training and apprenticeships, a new-entrant capital grant scheme and an immediate halt to the sell-off of council owned farm estates. As an agricultural union representing a young and emerging demographic the LWA is acutely aware that the current subsidy regime undermines the ability of a new generation to gain a foothold in farming.

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Small-scale, agroecological farms attract UK workers, produce high yields of vegetables and deliver multiple environmental and social benefits.

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The “A Matter of Scale” report, published today, highlights how a diverse and vibrant sector of small farms is providing employment, attracting new entrants and incubating entrepreneurs. A survey of 69 holdings of 20ha and less, undertaken by the Landworkers’ Alliance in conjunction with the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, provides a preliminary insight into the diversity, productivity, financial viability and multifunctional benefits offered by such farms. The report is accompanied by five short films about key themes arising from the research.

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The Landworkers’ Alliance welcome Secretary of State’s support for GMO-labelling and commitment to reduce area payments

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The Landworkers’ Alliance welcomes the announcement made by Environment Secretary Michael Gove that he will oppose concessions on imports of  unlabelled-GMO products, rBGH beef and chlorinated chicken into the UK post-Brexit. The Secretary was asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday 2nd July whether he was ‘absolutely clear that our environmental and food standards would not be loosened in any way as a result of leaving the EU and doing free trade deals with other countries, including America’.

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Landworkers’ Alliance comment on newly-appointed Environment Secretary

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The Landworkers’ Alliance welcomes the announcement from newly-appointed Environment Secretary Michael Gove that he intends to ‘put farmers at the heart of policy making’. Despite the Secretary’s limited experience in the environment, food or rural affairs sectors he has made it clear that he is determined to engage farmers more directly with Defra’s policy making process. We also welcome the Secretary’s announcement on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning that he wants the opportunity to listen to the whole of… (more…)

La Via Campesina 7th Conference in Basque Country

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(Harare, May 25, 2017) “We feed our peoples and build the movement to change the world!” This is the call carrying hundreds of delegates of La Vía Campesina, the international peasant movement, to the Basque Country from the 16th to the 24th of July to celebrate their 7th Conference. The International Conference of La Via Campesina (LVC), held every four years, is the highest forum gathering representatives from member organisations of peasants, small and medium size producers, landless people, indigenous… (more…)

Become a Supporter of the LWA

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The Landworkers’ Alliance has always restricted membership to people who meet our membership criteria. This is because the LWA is part of La Via Campesina, an international union of unions, representing the rights of small producers around the world. The integrity of the LWA and La Via Campesina come from the fact that ALL of our members are land workers, and that our lives and livelihoods are what is at stake when making our demands. We also know that in… (more…)

Land Skills Day – June 10th

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How to Make Your Land Based Business Work The LWA Land Skills day is returning for it’s second year! Here from a huge range of inspiring speakers and practioners sharing their skills and insights into how they make their land based businesses work. Check out the sensational speaker line up: Elanor Burgess: Somerset BeeKeeping Inspector Beekeeping products and enhancing your income   Nicky Scott: Devon Community Composting Composting Frank Gundry-White: The Travelling Tool Box, Drop In Come and repair and… (more…)

Policy Launch – A Place at The Table

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Landworkers’ Alliance post-Brexit Policy launch Download the Report Here The Landworkers’ Alliance are launching our post-Brexit policy recommendations outside Defra’s offices -17 Smith Square, London – at 1.00pm on Friday 21st April. Featuring a dining table promoting the high-quality fresh produce of our members, the launch highlights the need for small-scale and family farmers to be offered a ‘place at the table’ in upcoming negotiations over the future of UK agriculture policy. The launch will feature the release of our comprehensive… (more…)

Field Lab: Buckwheat for couch control

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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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Setting up and Scaling Up CSA course

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Chagfood are running a course on setting up and scaling up a CSA. There are discounted tickets for Landworkers’ Alliance members too! See image below for details of the course and booking.    

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