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The Landworkers’ Alliance is an organisation of farmers, growers and land-based workers. We work to overcome the obstacles facing us by campaigning for policies to support the infrastructure and markets central to our members livelihoods, building alliances and encouraging solidarity.

We also raise awareness of the role that small-scale producers, family farmers and land-based workers play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, rural livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.

La Via Campesina 7th Conference in Basque Country

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(Harare, May 25, 2017) “We feed our peoples and build the movement to change the world!” This is the call carrying hundreds of delegates of La Vía Campesina, the international peasant movement, to the Basque Country from the 16th to the 24th of July to celebrate their 7th Conference. The International Conference of La Via Campesina (LVC), held every four years, is the highest forum gathering representatives from member organisations of peasants, small and medium size producers, landless people, indigenous… (more…)

Become a Supporter of the LWA

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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… (more…)

Land Skills Day – June 10th

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How to Make Your Land Based Business Work 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. Check out the sensational speaker line up: Elanor Burgess: Somerset BeeKeeping Inspector Beekeeping products and enhancing your income   Nicky Scott: Devon Community Composting Composting Frank Gundry-White: The Travelling Tool Box, Drop In Come and repair and… (more…)

Policy Launch – A Place at The Table

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Landworkers’ Alliance post-Brexit Policy launch Download the Report Here 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… (more…)

Field Lab: Buckwheat for couch control

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2pm Friday 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)?

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Setting up and Scaling Up CSA course

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Chagfood are running a course on setting up and scaling up a CSA. There are discounted tickets for Landworkers’ Alliance members too! See image below for details of the course and booking.    

The Long Read: Reflections and Revelations, Round up of the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2017

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.

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More Farmers, Better Food: A framework for British Agriculture

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  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.

Organic Producer Conference booking is open!

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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!

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Coordinating group elections

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.

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