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Dear Rachel

From today, joining the Innovative Farmers network will be free. 

This means you can access the full write-ups from field labs and attend most network events without paying an annual membership fee. We’ll only ask you to chip in to take part in some events and individual field labs, to help cover costs.

These exciting changes mean you can be part of a growing network, with more opportunities to get involved in farmer-led research, that is driving farming forward.

We’ll continue to send you regular updates. To take advantage of these new benefits all you need to do is 
log-in here >>

Network Event: Mechanical Weeding LIVE

The full programme is now up on the website. As well as seeing the kit in action, hearing about the RAU trial results and meeting the manufacturers, the event also includes talks from:
  • John Pawsey, Shimpling Park Farm, on weed management strategies in organic systems.
  • Nick August, August Farms Ltd, discussing the use of non-chemical weed control as another tool in the armoury of non-organic farms. 
  • Tom Overbury, Farms Director at Royal Agricultural University, talking about carrying out the trial.

There are still a few free places left. Make sure you reserve yours early >>

What difference could a field lab make?

Field labs are a way to share the workload, and the risk, of carrying out research. But the investment still needs to stack up. In this short film, innovative farmer, Nick Freeth tells us about the three field labs he's been involved in, and what it's meant for his business.

Watch now >>

Share the good news

The network is open to all farmers and growers who're looking for low-cost, low-input ways of improving their farm’s productivity and viability. If you know someone who could benefit from joining the network, please share this email.

Innovative Farmers is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation through the sales of Waitrose Duchy Organic products. The network is backed by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre and the Soil Association.​