Stock-free organic farming is a system of cultivation that views farms as part of the wider eco-system and excludes artificial chemicals (‘agrochemicals’: ‘pesticides’, ‘herbicides’, ‘chemical fertilizers’), livestock manures, animal remains from slaughterhouses, genetically modified material and anything of animal origin.
The overall objective of SAFE’s action is to increase the knowledge and use of the stock-free organic farming technique to contribute to the development of a more environmentally and climate friendly agricultural system.
As regards advocacy, SAFE is actively building a network of associations active in the field of stock-free organic farming, to coordinate and elaborate a common lobbying strategy at EU level. As regards awareness-raising, SAFE has organised, in collaboration with local partners, a European farmer-to-farmer training campaign on stock-free organic farming, to train up to 80 farmers from four EU countries. The trainings will raise the awareness of landowners and farmers and build their capacities on stock-free organic farming, allowing them to exchange information and best practices with other farmers under the supervision of a qualified trainer.
Countries Involved in SAFE’s Training Campaign on Stock-Free Organic Farming
Training Day – ‘Gaietta’ Holistic Centre (November 10th, 2018)
On November 10th 2018, SONVE and Stile Consapevole organized an open day event around Stock-Free Organic farming in Rome (Italy), supported by the LIFE programme and SAFE – Safe Food Advocacy Europe.
• Theory session: Stock-Free Organic Farming – history, principles and assumptions, experiences in Europe; situation in Italy: techniques and existing realities.
• Practical session: Demonstration of the principles of Stock-Free Organic Farming through two in-site stands, including involvement of participants in order to improve the assimilation of techniques.
Training Day – Town Hall of Aradippou Municipality (October 11th, 2018)
On October 11th, our partner BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd. organized a training day on Stock-Free Organic in Aradippou (Cuprus) with the support of the LIFE programme and Safe Food Advocacy Europe.
The training was entitled “The Biocyclic-Vegan Standard, A New Approach Organic Agriculture”. The programme included an introduction to the basic principles of the Biocyclic-Vegan Standard; an exchange of best practices concerning compost producing techniques; a visit of the site; a presentation on the importance of humus soil for the environment, soil fertility and yields in stock-free agriculture; a presentation of examples of good agricultural practice in biocyclic vegan farming in Greece, Germany and Austria, Questions & Answers; a field visit at Economides Farm (biocyclic vegan production of oranges, potatoes and ginger).
Training Day – Vert d’Iris @ Betteraves enz. in Anderlecht (October 6th, 2018)
On October 6th, our partner Végétik organized a training day on Stock-Free Organic in Anderlecht (Belgium) with the support of the LIFE programme and Safe Food Advocacy Europe. The training day gathered together 21 Belgian producers and farmers, agrobiology students from ULB (Free University of Brussels) and UCL (Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve)
The trainer Benoît Noël provided the participants with all his expertise in the field of stock-free organic farming. Attendees followed the follwoing programme: Introduction: Cornerstone and challenges of stock-free agriculture; Existing mission statement and fundamental principles; Technical visit of the site; Technical aspects of Vegan Farming.
Training Day – Biocyclic Park of Kalamata (October 4th, 2018)
On 4 October 2018, our partner BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd. organized a training day on Stock-Free Organic farming in Kalamata (Greece) with the support of the LIFE programme and Safe Food Advocacy Europe. The training day gathered together 20 Greek farmers, Agriculture consultants, auditors and director of control and certification of BIO HELLAS and DIO. Together, they could benefit from BNS great expertise on the subject of Stock-Free Organic Farming and could exchange best practices with fellow farmers.
The training was entitled “The Biocyclic-Vegan Standard, A New Approach Organic Agriculture”. The programme included an introduction to the basic principles of the Biocyclic-Vegan Standard, an exchange of best practices concerning compost producing techniques, a visit of the site in Kalamata and a presentation of examples of good agricultural practice in biocyclic vegan farming in Greece.