12 September 2018
Weed control and green manures

Buckwheat for couch control field lab

15 November 2018
UK Organic Congress 2018

Going for Growth Transforming organic food and farming in the UK



7 August 2018
Dean Organic Fund interest free loans

Second round of applications now open

26 July 2018
Rothamsted Research GM field trial is ruled unlawful

Campaign groups demand action on Camelina trials



18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry

Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture

The basics of soil fertility

Shaping our relationship to the soil

The enhancement of soil fertility was crucial to the pioneers of organic farming, but the conservation of fertile soil is not always given enough attention. And yet organic farming depends on good natural soil fertility. Exhausted and damaged soils cannot offer the desired performance. The cultivation of soil fertility requires a lot of care.

This booklet, which results from the Organic Knowledge Network Arable project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, offers a view on soil fertility from different angles. It deliberately avoids offering universal 'instructions', but rather seeks to provide information to stimulate new thinking about a sustainable relationship to the soil.

The booklet was produced by FiBL and the English version was adapted by ORC.

Download The Basics of Soil Fertility: Shaping our relationship to the soil

Ordering hard copies

Hard copies are available from ORC for 6.00 (incl. postage)