THE SOIL ASSOCIATION is launching an Innovation Award recognising excellence in sustainable, low-impact farming and growing.
The new award, in association with Nesta, the Innovation Foundation, celebrates outstanding innovators in farming across the UK. Entries to the first annual awards are open until 16th August and are open to individuals, teams, companies or organisations that are:
- Pioneering practical new approaches to farming and growing
- Achieving real benefits for people, the planet or animal welfare
- Promoting sustainable agriculture in line with organic principles
Producers, community groups, scientists, IT developers, farming consultants, designers and engineers are all being encouraged to enter. Shortlisted entries will be invited to the Soil Association Annual Conference in October, to pitch their approach to some of the most influential people in the field of sustainable agriculture today. These 400 delegates will cast their votes and, there and then, decide who wins the Innovation Award.
Speaking about the award, Dr Tom MacMillan, Innovation Director at the Soil Association, said; “We often confuse science and innovation: what world-changing ideas have in common isn’t that they come out of a research institute, though some do, but that they work on the ground. This award recognises the power of practical innovation in food and farming, and celebrates the ingenuity, vision and dogged persistence of the people from all walks of life who make it happen. If you’re one of them, or you know someone who is, we want to hear from you.”