organic, farming, advice

Welcome to the Mark Measures Associates website!

I work exclusively with organic farming, having found over 30 years of being at the forefront of organic farming in the UK that it really does work, it is commercially viable and provides effective solutions to many of the problems facing food, farming, the environment and society.

Organic farming does not have all the answers but it does go further than any other farming system to address the problems that face agriculture and society in a finite world, and it provides the best basis for the future.

Organic farming is rooted in principles that put the concept of a holistic view of the world (linking the health of the soil, plant, animal and humankind), into practice through soil management, crop rotation, recycling and minimising inputs. Organic farming causes less pollution, enhances wildlife, reduces the use of finite resources and produces quality food.

Mark Measures Associates is a consultancy business that provides information, advice and support to farmers and landowners, commercial businesses, research projects and policy groups wishing to manage, develop or support organic farms. Mark Measures is the principle consultant; other specialist advisers are engaged as needed for specific projects. We work mainly in the UK, but have extensive experience or organic farming in many other parts of the world. We offer a unique combination of technical expertise, business knowledge and advisory experience.

organic, farming, advice

Mark Measures BSc. (Hons.),
IOTA (Accredited), ARAgS

News & Updates

Soil Nutrient Management workshops

We hope to run a third workshop once the Covid19 situation allows. Please email us for more information.

Flier for previous workshop here


My Blog!

As part of my Churchill Study Fellowship (Soil Management for Sustainable Production and Environmental Protection), I travelled to the US and Europe in 2017-18,  visiting researchers, advisers and farmers.

My final report: "Soil Management for Sustainable Food Production and Environmental Protection" can be downloaded here (pdf)
(January 2019)

My blog posts are here:

Churchill Fellowship
In 2017 I was fortunate to be awarded a
Travel Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
More here.

Netherlands Study Tour Report 2017
What does the future look like for organic farming in the UK: disinterested government, no support for organic farming, prohibitive labour costs, prohibition of copper fungicides, cut-throat supermarkets clamouring for product, booming export markets? In the Netherlands our future is now. Recently Mark Measures and clients travelled there to see how arable and field vegetable farms are coping.
Read the full report here (pdf)

The Worm Forgives the Plough (but not the chemicals): A short essay on the extraordinary Estancia Las Dos Hermanas (Argentina). Read it here (pdf)

Organic Farm Management Handbook
11th edition (2017)

Co-writtten by Mark Measures, this is a ‘must have’ publication for everyone interested in the business of organic farming and growing.

The 11th Edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook is now available and provides all the latest information on organic grants, the state of the market and gross margins for a wide range of enterprises.

Copies are available from Organic Research Centre on 01488 658298. Please e-mail
for discounted bulk/trade order prices.