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The Soil Association, founded 70 years ago by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists, are a charity dedicated to promoting organic food and sustainable land use.
They aim to tackle climate change, work with farmers to improve their growing practises, support high standards of animal welfare and give everyone access to food that is healthy and organically grown.
What is not to like about a charity that does this?
Some of the Soil Association’s past campaigns have included:
Not In Our Bread – a movement to stop weedkiller being used on wheat crops. We have previously worked in the sales arm of a bakery and know just how important it is to eat the best bread you can get your hands on. Using organic flour is just one way to make that loaf great to toast!
Seven Ways To Save Our Soil – a movement to increase organic matter in our UK soils by 20% over the next 20 years. They list a number of ways to do this – but growing organic crops, not digging your soil and using green manures are three easy ways for you to help in your own garden. (Read more about ways to save our soil on the Soil Association website.)
Cottoned On – a fantastic drive to get more people thinking about one of the world’s major industries – the clothing industry – and how the apparel we buy and wear can damage the environment if not shopped for responsibly. We learnt long ago at Modern Mint that buying clothes made from organic cotton is a brilliant choice to make – organic cotton feels softer, stronger and is just so easy to wash. We recently started buying bamboo and hemp clothes too.
As you can see, the Soil Association does a great job in educating people on environmental matters. They have even teamed up with Aardman Animations (you know them – the people behind Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep!) to produce this short film about our soils.
It is called ‘From Potato To Planet’ and is an easy way to get up to speed on why our soil is vital to life, and what we need to do to help protect it. Take a quick look for yourself…
Last week Modern Mint shared our thoughts on organic gardening. Soil health was one of the key factors we spoke about in that blog post.
Please do your bit for the world and think about growing organic, about looking after your land without weedkillers… by refraining from using toxins, you will see a benefit in your soil.
I am running a topiary workshop in 2020 with the wonderful topiary artist Charlotte Molesworth at her spectacular topiary garden in Kent. This is a topiary workshop where you will learn to clip, so be prepared to do some cutting. We start with a tour of the garden, which Charlotte and her husband Donald have been cultivating for 34 years. It is organic, full of wildlife and has the most extraordinary pruned shapes made from yew and boxwood. You can see more photos of the garden in an article in the Guardian here: Topiary Garden In Kent What Else Will …
On Monday night I gave a talk to the Hardy Plant Society Middlesex. Below are a few links for further information based on some of the ideas discussed in the talk: Real Seeds – a fantastic supplier of fruit and vegetable seeds for growers. Boxwood Caterpillar Advice – from the European Boxwood & Topiary Society. I will also write a little companion piece this winter with more information and some topiary techniques, so watch out for that on this website. Boxwood Lure & Nematodes – my preferred option for dealing with the caterpillar. Discount code for 10% off is EBTSBOX29GBZ …