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 the UK hundreds of years of policies have devastated the rural, land worker population. While very few of us are actually land workers, many many of us support the rights of land workers. In some way many of us know that somewhere in our past we did have land, and our ancestors were forced off it and into cities. Hence, while our circumstances prevent us from being land workers now, we support the work of the Land Workers Alliance.
The LWA really appreciate this. Small scale producers are very few, but people who want to eat great quality food are many. We can’t have a movement for small scale production without our collective voices. Producer or non-producer, we are all part of this movement to create a just food system that nourishes this country, both the people and the land, with the best quality food produced with respect.
So, to respect both the membership criteria of La Via Campesina, and the understanding that this movement is a movement for EVERYONE, the LWA are now offering Supporter Memberships.
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.
This includes entrance to the Green Scythe Fair the following day, a Local Organic Feasts provided by The Peasants Lunchbox and dinner provided by Jyoti at Five Penny farm on the Land Skills Day as well as live feetstopin folk music in the evening. For those camping over, New this year you also can have a simple self service breakfast on the day of the scythe fair in the Land Skills Day camping area.
Camping will cost an extra £5 pppn and is available next to the event site.
There are 5 free tickets for people that help with packdown for 5 hours on Monday 12 after the scythe fair, includes lunch on Monday. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Tasha firstname.lastname@example.org
Our partners, the Green Scythe Fair run a beautiful one day environmental fair on the Sunday that kindly support the Land Skills Day by sharing their space during set up. The event is fully run by volunteers – for a free drink and the extra enjoyment of helping this special local event for two hours on the Sunday, please email email@example.com
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 20-page report outlining the LWA’s key policy proposals for re-orientating agricultural support to deliver high quality food to UK consumers while building an environmentally, socially and economically resilient farming industry.
Ed Hamer, LWA policy spokesperson, says ‘The Landworkers’ Alliance has been campaigning for the past five years for greater recognition of the role small-scale and family farmers play in feeding the country. The UK’s exit from the Common Agricultural Policy provides the most significant opportunity in a generation to reverse the inequalities of area-based payments and replace them with a truly progressive policy framework that genuinely supports more farmers and better food.’
‘As we leave Europe and the opacity of the CAP behind we’re confident that UK taxpayers will no longer tolerate farmers being paid simply for owning land. We believe the farm support budget could be targeted much more effectively in providing the research and infrastructure necessary to enable farmers to supply quality produce to local markets. This model does not depend on UK consumers paying more for high quality local food – it does however depend on more effective regulation of the industry to ensure farmers receive a greater share of the food pound.’
2pmFriday 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)?
“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.
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.
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!
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.