UKLandandFarms announces new Innovation Award.
Launched by organic sector watchdog the Soil Association, the award is for those who excel in low impact farming and growing.
The winner will receive a cash prize of £3000, with two runner-up prizes of £1000 each.
The Innovation Award, made in association with Nesta, the Innovation Foundation, recognises the achievement of 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.
The award is open to anyone doing these things, including producers, community groups, scientists, IT developers, farming consultants, designers and engineers.
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 award.
The SA’s innovation director, Dr Tom MacMillan, 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.”
Entries are open until August 16.