Jerry Alford

Soil Association

Growing organic to meet UK consumer demand

About Jerry Alford

Jerry has experience in arable and mixed farming having run the family farm in Devon for 25 years. The farm was initially a dairy farm eventually converting to organic and being run as a beef, sheep and arable unit. At the same time, he converted a range of farm buildings into a holiday cottage complex, was chairman of a local farmer owned co-op grain store and became involved in the grain supply chain nationally. Jerry can often be found wherever the Exeter chiefs Rugby team are playing!

This seminar will describe current trends in the market for organic food and farming across the globe, with special emphasis on the UK. Opportunities for UK farmers and growers to convert to organic production will be explored in detail.

Practical information on the process of conversion to organic production will be provided including how to apply for conversion financial support through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in England. The seminar will also include an exploration of the benefits of organic farming for the environment and the farmer as well as its ability to provide an effective adaptation to the challenges of climate change.

Staff from Soil Association Certification will be on hand to assist farmers interested in exploring the potential of organic conversion for their own businesses.

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