Societies Promoting Organic Gardening

There are many national societies which support organic growers.  They can provide help and information or represent organic interests to government bodies.  Some of the most important are listed below.  HOGG is affiliated to Soil Association and Garden Organic.

Biodynamic Agricultural Association (BDAA)

The aim of of biodynamic farming and gardening is to revitalise nature, grow nourishing food and to advance the physical and spiritual health of humanity. Each biodynamic farm or garden is conceived as an organism with its own individual qualities and diversity of life. Reliance on home produced compost, manures and animal feeds is a key objective and external inputs are kept to a minimum.

www.biodynamic.org.uk

Garden Organic

Award winning website which is easy to use. A veritable encyclopedia of what, how and when to garden organically and lots of advice sheets to download. Membership section extends this and also allows you to send in queries to be answered. Quarterly magazine and members research projects in their own gardens.

http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/

Good Gardeners Association

Education charity. Reports on Research in nutrition. Joint projects with the biodynamic. Association. Promotes ‘no dig’. Quarterly News journal entitled Moving Beyond Organic

www.goodgardeners.org.uk

The Institute of Science in Society

Research and reports on benefits of organic food and farming, hazards and dangers of GM crops. Quarterly magazine, encyclopedic website.

http://www.i-sis.org.uk

Gmfreeze

GM (genetically modified or engineered) crops and food are a real threat to organic growing and lifestyle. Gmfreeze is a campaign calling on the government for a Freeze on growing, importing and patenting of GM crops and products. It is supported by Soil Association, Garden Organic and many others.

www.gmfreeze.org

Permaculture

Permaculture is about creating sustainable human habitats by following nature’s patterns. An ecological design system that inspires and empowers us to create our own solutions to local and global problems. It provides ways to design and create healthy productive places to work, rest and play which includes organic growing of course. Founder Bill Mollison. Patrick Whitefield author of: Earth Care Manual. Mail order catalogue or browse in the Shop open weekdays at Centre for Sustainable Technology West Meon, Hampshire. Or visit the Woodland Burial Site.

www.permaculture.org.uk
http://www.green-shopping.co.uk/
http://www.earthworks-trust.com/
http://www.permaculture.co.uk (magazine)

Pesticide Action Network UK

PAN UK works to eliminate the dangers of toxic pesticides. Nationally and globally promotes safer alternatives, the production of healthy food and sustainable farming. Quarterly magazine, information helps you choose environmentally friendly products, e.g. organic cotton

www.pan-uk.org

Soil Association

UK’s leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic farming and championing human health. Lots of research showing organic is healthy and sustainable. Fascinating reading and lots of ideas for things you can do.

www.soilassociation.org

Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

www.sustainweb.org

Vegan Organic Network

Provides education and research in vegan-organic principles. Advice on cultivation techniques. Lots of useful information even if you are not vegetarian or vegan.

www.veganorganic.net

Wholesome Food Association

The WFA offers a low-cost alternative to official ‘Organic’ certification for smaller-scale food producers. System of peer review, pledges and ‘open gate’policy to uphold a set of simple principles for local food production and consumption

www.wholesome-food.org

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’.

http://bumblebeeconservation.org/

Worm Farming

How to make a worm farm and produce compost to use on your garden

http://warmfarmingforbeginners.howtomakeawormfarm.com/