Liz Bowles

Soil Association

Growing organic to meet UK consumer demand

About Liz Bowles

Liz is Head of Farming at the Soil Association and is responsible for leading and managing the Soil Association’s work with farmers and growers throughout the UK in conjunction with the Producer Support Team.

Liz has a wealth of experience of agriculture both in the UK and internationally. She has worked in the sector for over 20 years and brings a practical approach combined with scientific and sector knowledge to her role in the Soil Association.
Prior to joining the Soil Association Liz was EFFP’s manager in the South West of England. This has involved her in the development of supply chain collaboration in all UK agricultural sectors. In this role she has also formed a number of producer Co-operatives and supported many Producer Organisations in the Fresh Produce Sector..

She is a Nuffield scholar. Her research involved exploring co operation in the red meat sector and was a precursor to her joining EFFP where she worked on the development of supply chain collaboration in England. Liz has worked within the agrifood sector for over twenty years working with farming and food businesses as well as developing and running strategic industry projects.

In her spare time Liz manages one of the largest pedigree flocks of Shropshire sheep in the UK and combines this with being the President of the Breed Society.

This seminar will describe current trends in the market for organic food and farming across the globe, with special emphasis on the UK. Opportunities for UK farmers and growers to convert to organic production will be explored in detail.
Practical information on the process of conversion to organic production will be provided including how to apply for conversion financial support through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in England. The seminar will also include an exploration of the benefits of organic farming for the environment and the farmer as well as its ability to provide an effective adaptation to the challenges of climate change.
Staff from Soil Association Certification will be on hand to assist farmers interested in exploring the potential of organic conversion for their own businesses.

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