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)
- Phillip Hubbert (JEPCO): How to measure soil health in intensive salad rotations?
- Iain Tolhurst (Tolhurst Organic):Looking at soils and earthworms in green manures
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)
- Hans Steenbergen (Stormy Hall /Seed Co-op): Growing seed and maintaining open pollinated vegetable varieties
- Kate McEvoy (Real Seeds): Cleaning, drying and processing seed grown for sale – methods and kit
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)
- Margi Lennartsson (Garden Organic and CAWR, Coventry University): Organic growing where soil is not an option