19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



12 August 2020
New US study on glyphosate and organic diets

Glyphosate levels in children and adults drop dramatically after one week of eating organic

30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

The basics of soil fertility

Shaping our relationship to the soil

The enhancement of soil fertility was crucial to the pioneers of organic farming, but the conservation of fertile soil is not always given enough attention. And yet organic farming depends on good natural soil fertility. Exhausted and damaged soils cannot offer the desired performance. The cultivation of soil fertility requires a lot of care.

This booklet, which results from the Organic Knowledge Network Arable project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, offers a view on soil fertility from different angles. It deliberately avoids offering universal 'instructions', but rather seeks to provide information to stimulate new thinking about a sustainable relationship to the soil.

The booklet was produced by FiBL and the English version was adapted by ORC.

Download The Basics of Soil Fertility: Shaping our relationship to the soil

Ordering hard copies

Hard copies are available from ORC for 6.00 (incl. postage)