“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.
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.
Thanks so much to everyone that participated in the post-Brexit British Agricultural Survey Consultation. A huge contribution of useful experiences and vital policy suggestions will now inform our detailed proposals for a post-Brexit Agricultual Policy. The experiences you (anonymously) shared will be used in documents and via social media to strengthen the case for a food and agricultural policy that works for us – ecological, community and socially motivated farmers. Quick Links Policy Priorities: A summary of proposals and ideas from the Land… (more…)
Please take 10-20 minutes to fill in this survey such that we can make the strongest possible case for a British Agricultural Policy that supports small scale, community and family farmers. Please respond by September 30th. Click here to take the survey Your input helps strengthen the case for real change in post-Brexit Agricultural Policy The task of creating a post-Brexit ‘British Agricultural Policy’ that supports producers, protects the environment and prioritizes access to healthy, nutritious food for all is a complex but… (more…)
The Open Food Network (OFN) has just launched in the UK and aims contribute to food sovereignty by supporting food producers and local food initiatives to thrive. We’re offering free support to Landworkers’ Alliance members to offer online direct sales to their customers. The Open Food Network aims to help producers and communities develop their local food enterprise by making it easy to offer online ordering to their customers. This could mean adding an online shop to an existing website,… (more…)
Are you a farmer, grower, agricultural worker, forester, fisher? Do you want to get involved in the European movement for food sovereignty? Do you want to go Cluj-Napoca, Romania on the 26-30 October 2016 to meet, socialise and strategise with 1000 other farmers and food sovereignty activists from around Europe? If so read more here…
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 provide a huge amount of the food we eat. However, in the past, the UK’s farming strategies have undermined domestic production of healthy, affordable food and left many small farms unfairly disadvantaged in the market place.
The task of creating a post-Brexit ‘British Agricultural Policy’ that support producers, protects the environment and prioritizes access to healthy, nutritious food for all is a complex but essential one. It represents a great opportunity if the Government is ready to listen to the needs of all stakeholders and put in place a truly long-term plan for environmental, social and economic resilience.
In order to contribute to this debate, The Landworkers’ Alliance proposes 8 points that we believe must be integral to forthcoming policy. Over the next 6 months we will carry out an in-depth consultation among our members to draw up a more comprehensive policy proposal that addresses the needs of food producers in the UK. We will also work with other organizations to draw up a framework for a ‘Peoples’ Food Policy’ that can address the systemic inequalities and misguided policies currently afflicting the food and farming sectors.
Download ‘More Farmers, Better Food – A framework for British Agricultural Policy’ here: