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New collective TALC aims to enhance agroecological knowledge sharing across the UK

Sustain has joined forces with prominent food and farming organisations in support of a new central knowledge-sharing platform for agroecological farming practices. 

TALC supports agroecological farming practices.. Credit: Jacob Lund: Shutterstock

TALC supports agroecological farming practices.. Credit: Jacob Lund: Shutterstock

The Agroecology Learning Collective (TALC) is a new UK-based collective of agroecological trainers, mentors, advisors, centres of learning and demonstration farms that work together to share and deliver the skills and knowledge needed for a regenerative future.

The initiative aims to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing across the UK sector, provide a central knowledge platform for agroecological training, build regional, national and international links between teachers and learners, stimulate the development of new courses and promote agroecology as a career.  

Behind this new collective is The Landworkers Alliance, the Sustainable Food Trust, The Real Farming Trust, The Apricot Centre, Organic Research Centre, Agricology, Black Mountain College and Sustain

Speaking on the need for a platform such as TALC, Rachel Phillips, Director and education manager at the Apricot Centre, said

 “During this time of rapid transitions in farming towards agroecological and regenerative systems, there is a crucial need for training and knowledge sharing opportunities.”

TALC is aiming to build the case to the government and other training providers for the need for investment and stimulating the development of new training or courses. Rachel Philips goes on to say:

 “TALC is paving the way for a more accessible and diverse learning experience in the agroecological movement. It fills the gap in the current farming climate by providing up-to-date, relevant, and reliable training and support in these new methods of farming.”

“TALC is stepping out on the first part of its journey to create an ecosystem of knowledge seekers and knowledge providers” but ambitions are big says Matt Smee from Organic Research Centre. TALC is aiming to be the go-to place for information on agroecology learning opportunities to support a resilient transition to a regenerative farming future. 

“Whether you’re an experienced farmer or a new entrant, TALC shines a light on the range of learning opportunities that can support them on their journey to create a just transition towards improved food production and a more holistic food system. The Organic Research Centre are excited to be part of TALC Steering Committee, as it takes the first step towards improving and promoting agroecological learning opportunities. This broad collaboration brings together a range of actors in the agroecological space who are striving to support change and create the skills and knowledge that can lead to the change needed across agricultural systems.” 

The TALC website is encouraging agroecological knowledge providers and seekers to be a part of the collective by visiting the website, searching the directory and adding learning opportunities.

Will White, Sustainable Farming Coordinator at Sustain said:

'As we face the critical challenge of transforming our food and farming systems, the launch of The Agroecology Learning Collective (TALC) is a timely and vital initiative. Many farmers are eager to transition to regenerative practices but are currently unaware of the available support. TALC fills this critical gap, ensuring that knowledge and opportunities are accessible to all. By creating a centralised access point for diverse learning resources, TALC makes it easier for farmers and new entrants to discover and engage with the training they need.'


Published Monday 3 June 2024

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