Soil Association awarded grant by leading rural charity

The Soil Association's project to encourage young people into horticulture has been awarded a grant by The Prince's Countryside Fund. 

Teen female, pulls weeds from around green jalapeño pepper plants in backyard of house in urban setting

A project led by the Soil Association seeking British ‘food pioneers’ has been awarded £25,000 by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

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The Soil Association project aims to develop opportunities for young people seeking a career in horticulture. Skilled applicants engage with some of Britain’s largest organic producers, enabling them to share knowledge and invent fresh ideas.

Helen Browning, CEO of Soil Association said: “We are thrilled to be given this opportunity to test a new way of getting determined, skilled and enthusiastic young people into careers in horticulture. The slightly larger, more commercial organic growers have also recognised a need for a pilot like this and are keen to offer these placements and career paths. Working with these businesses can not only provide a sustainable income for young people, but also ensure they feel they are making a difference to the world, something we know is really important to them.”

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund is in its 6th year of helping distribute over £6.7 million in grants and funding, benefitting more than 210,000 people who live and work in rural areas. This particular grant forms part of a £557,418 investment into rural projects, ranging from digital exclusion to declining countryside industries.