Most farmers and growers understand the importance of soils, yet keeping up to date with research and current best practice is not always easy. The Soil Association intends to continue building on their work to discover and share the best methods and management tools for improving soils. Working with farmers and growers and expert partner organisations Organic Research Centre and EarthCare Technical, the Soil Association will be reviewing and comparing current approaches to soil management. This knowledge will allow them to continue developing and field testing a set of methods, approaches, and new tools for soil assessment and management.
The findings will be turned into practical information and training resources to equip farmers and growers with an improved knowledge and understanding of soil health, enabling them to choose appropriate methods to enhance and maintain soil health – the key to good crop health, yield and quality.
The programme’s objectives are to:
◾evaluate soil assessment methods
◾improve confidence in ‘reading the signs’
◾offer the opportunity to practise assessment methods with colleagues and advisors
◾engage with, and disseminate the methods and approaches to a wide range of levy payers, farmers and growers, advisors and other stakeholders
◾develop methods and approaches for practical soil analysis and evaluation to enable confident choice of management options.
The ‘Growing Resilient Efficient And Thriving’ GREAT Soils is project is funded by the Horticultural Development Company.