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Organic Innovation Award Announced

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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.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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