31 July 2019
Best in class

Irish organic farming student wins top prize

31 July 2019
HAWL bursaries

Bursaries offered for three-day homoeopathy courses



21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?

Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming

Horticulture strand

Getting to grips with the cost of production (OGA)


Growers discuss costings in small groups

This workshop was intended to be a first step towards defining the kinds of data that will be most useful for growers. What costs are important to you for different crops and how can we create easy ways to compare costs between growers?
Chair: Ben Raskin (Soil Association)

GREATsoils (ORC/Soil Association)

Results from the first year of GREATsoils grower trials, comparing different soil assessment methods in 6 horticultural systems. A clear priority of the growers was soil organic matter improvement and increasing soil life through the use of green manure.
Chair: Dominic Amos (ORC)

Seed growing as an enterprise (OGA)

A look at the economics and practicalities of growing seed for sale and how best to fit seed production into your system.
Chair: Jason Horner (Leen Organics/Irish Seed Savers Association)

Potatoes post-copper (OGA)

What is the future of organic potato production without copper? We look at the latest in potato breeding for blight resistance, plus cultural methods to minimise impact.
Chair: Tony Little (Sustainable Farming Consultancy)

Keeping the soil in organic (OGA)

Can hydroponic systems ever be compatible with organic growing? We explore the issues.
Chair: Roger Hitchings (OGA)

Summary of strand