It is 70 years since Lady Eve Balfour published 'The Living Soil' and founded the Soil Association.
The occasion was marked by an event on 22nd June kindly sponsored by the Waitrose Duchy programme and attended by luminaries such as Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall, Monty Don, and HRH Prince Charles. The event was also attended by the SA forestry and Food for Life teams along with a group of Innovative Farmers who are carrying out incredible work researching solutions to challenges in farming. SA supporters were also present including five of the longest standing members.
HRH Prince Charles spoke with all the groups including children from Northbury Primary.who showed off their planting skills. He accepted a lifetime achievement for services to organic farming award with a speech. He looked back to where the Soil Association began: "The foundation of the Soil Association is inspired by a small group of extraordinary individuals that understood the indivisibility of the food we produce, and the health of our soils, plants animals and people". But he also looked towards the future, which poses both threats and opportunities, saying that he looks forward to seeing what the Soil Association achieves in the next 70 years.