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The Landworkers’ Alliance Solidarity Pot will allow us to support more landworkers through current and future challenging times.

We are pleased to bring you weekly webinars along with the CSA Network and Organic Growers Alliance.

Please see the schedule for upcoming webinars and details of how to book, and you will find recordings of past webinars below. If you have suggestions of webinars you would like to see, please email helen@landworkersalliance.org.uk

 

SEED SAVING IN THE UK; A VIRTUAL TOUR WITH KATE MCEVOY AND BEN GABEL OF REAL SEEDS

Weds 12th August 7:00 – 8:30pm

A session in partnership with Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty Programme.

Join  Kate McEvoy & Ben Gabel, co-founders of Real Seeds, for a virtual tour of their site in Pembrokeshire.    Kate will give a guided ’tour’ in pictures of the Real Seeds land and seed crops, and talk about the challenges and joys of growing seed in west Wales,  then Ben will take over and talk through the processing, cleaning and packing sides of being a seed company.     Plus Questions and Answers.

Book via Eventbrite

 

IRRIGATION AND WATER MANAGEMENT

Weds 19th August 7:00 – 8:30pm

An informal Q&A session with growers and suppliers where problems and solutions and ideas about irrigation and water management for small scale growers can be aired and shared.

More info and book via eventbrite

 

ACCESSING LAND TO START OR EXPAND FARMING

Weds 26th Aug 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Accessing land for farming is one of the biggest challenges we face to start farming or expand farm businesses to make them more viable.  In this webinar we’ll hear from LWA members about their experiences of how they gained access to land for their farming business and key lessons learned along the way.  

More info and to book

 

WHY THE CSA MODEL WORKS FOR EVERYONE; PEOPLE, PLANET AND PRODUCERS

Weds 2nd Sept 7:00 – 8:30pm

Are you interested in setting up or converting to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model? Would you like to find out a bit more about CSA? Then this session is for you. We will hear from four different CSA growers about what CSA is, why they’ve chosen the model and how it works for them and everyone.

More info and to book here

 

BUILDING AN ANTI-RACIST FARMING MOVEMENT WITH LEAH PENNIMAN

Weds 9th Sept 7:00 – 8:30pm

In partnership with Land In Our Names (LION) we are excited to be hosting a webinar with Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm to explore how we build an antiracist farming movement in the UK.

More info & tickets here

 

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So, you’re starting a CSA or box scheme in a pandemic
In the face of Covid-19, many growers and farmers are having to rapidly change their business models. This webinar was organised to offer advice and tips for those setting up a box or CSA scheme. Hosted by the CSA Network and panellists including Debbie Leigh, Nathan Richards, Pete Richardson and Amy Willoughby. More info on topics covered and panelists here.
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Adapting your crop plan for year round growing
Spring is the key time in many farming calendars, especially for horticulture. In the coronavirus pandemic many growers have lost customers in the form of restaurants, cafes and similar outlets but have quickly adapted and gained business through direct sales. It is the perfect time of year to (quickly!) make some tweaks or changes to your crop plan.
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LWA Political Training
Producers need financial support from government, the Agriculture Bill is coming back to parliament, trade deal negotiations have started, the food system needs an overhaul to solve the multiple crises we face…so many things we need to talk to government about and we can’t do it alone!
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SELLING YOUR PRODUCE ONLINE
In these strange COVID-19 times, the importance of having a way to sell your produce online is even more important than before. However, it is a bit of a minefield out there and can greatly depend on whether you consider yourself tech-savvy or a digital luddite.
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KEEPING FARMS SAFE IN LIGHT OF COVID-19
An open conversation to hear and share tips on what farms are doing and how they are interpreting government advice. We will cover the various areas of farm work: on farm safety including people, tools and equipment, physical spaces; adapting for social distancing; produce including picking, packing and packaging and interaction with customers including collection, distribution and communication.
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A LANDWORKERS GUIDE TO DIGITAL MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA
What precisely is digital marketing and why do you need to do it? Should you put your time into tweeting or get on the gram? Marketing and social media can be a bit of a minefield, but this webinar will take you through communications basics and help you work out where to put your energy
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Extending the season and growing over winter in Scotland
Hear from Scottish growing experts and share tips on how to grow right through the year. Join the CSA Network in an informal session in partnership with the OGA and LWA to hear about how Scottish growers extend the season and grow through the winter.
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BUYING IN: THE WHYS, WHERES AND HOWS OF BUYING IN PRODUCE IN SCOTLAND
Hear from a panel operating in Scotland about the ins and outs of buying in and keeping supply chains local. Even with growers increasing production, many CSAs and box schemes are asking themselves how they’ll keep up supplying local food to their new customers and where it will come from, this season and beyond.
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Time to Change with Vandana Shiva
Join the LWA with world famous environmental activist Vandana Shiva, alongside panelists Jyoti Fernandes from the LWA and Vicki Hird from Sustain. To discuss the need for radical change in our food system. As landworkers, farmers and growers, we will look at what we need to disrupt, and what to build and strengthen to support a real transformation in our food system.
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Race and farming in the UK
Dismantling systemic racism is central to the work of creating healthy, just food and farming systems for all. From the days of the colonial empire to the current industrial food system – so much of our food is produced with the sweat and blood of unpaid or vastly undervalued labour. Join us for a discussion about what actions we can take to address the issues.
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Setting up and running cooperative sales and purchasing models
This webinar is to explore setting up and running cooperative sales and purchasing models for farmers and food systems. How can different farms work together to run cooperative sales / purchasing systems? What are the benefits of these systems? How can we make them sustainable? How can we make them successful?

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