North Berwick SOPA Member Wins Young Farmers Best Soil In Show!

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Angus Elder alongside Best Soil in Show winner Hugh Grierson

Amongst the prize winners at the Royal Highland Show 2016 was Angus Elder, who took home the top prize in the Young Farmers category for Best Soil in Show.

Angus farms with his father at the SOPA (Scottish Organic Producers Association) certified organic holding Chapel Farm in North Berwick, East Lothian. The 500-acre farm produces a range of organic fresh vegetables including potatoes, carrots, parsnips, swede, leeks, sprouts, cabbage and beetroot.

Speaking about his award, Angus Elder said: “I was delighted when I got the phone call to say I had won. It’s reassuring to know that the goals we set ourselves in terms of soil quality are on the right track.”

The 2016 Highland Show was the fourth time the James Hutton Institute has run the Best Soil in Show competition and this year saw the institute join forces with the NFUS, SAYFC and SA Scotland. Samples from all across Scotland were judged on compositional, structural and chemical criteria, in a drive to highlight the importance of maintaining healthy soils and the role played by land managers.

The Best Soil in Show winners, Hugh and Sascha Grierson of Newmiln Farm, also manage another, SOPA certified farm.

This year’s success follows on from 2015, when David and Freda Scott-Park were awarded the overall prize for Best Soil in Show at the Highland Show last summer. Their SOPA certified farm, Portnellan in Dunbartonshire, has been farmed organically for 16 years.

A selection of images from Chapel Farm, including their clover, chicory and plantain.

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