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Biochar for soil and livestock health

Biochar for soil and livestock health

Event date: 
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 10:00 to 13:30

Book on this event here

Are you a farmer interested in the multiple benefits that biochar brings to both soil and stock health? Biochar can alter the physical, chemical and biological nature of soil. Not only does it add carbon to your soil it can also slow down leaching and improve crop growth, potentially leading to higher yields when applied with other amendments such as cow manure.

During this event results from the Innovative Farmers 'Biochar for soil and livestock health' field lab will be assessed, and details on how to get involved in the next biochar field lab are discussed. 

The Innovative Farmers have several speakers at this event, including:

- Farmer Rich Copley of the BioRich project, who will share his experience of a field lab feeding charcoal to cattle and measuring the subsequent impacts of biochar on manure and the soil.

- Researcher Donna Udall of the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University who has led the research analysis on the biochar field lab

- Chris Thomas from ADAS who will share how interested farmers can join a field lab with a team of farmers looking further into the effect of biochar on stock and soil health, as part of an European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project

- Jerry Alford, coordinator of the Innovative Farmers biochar field lab who will be sharing about the benefits of a field lab and how it works, followed by a discussion time for those who are interested in joining the next EIP biochar field lab.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at this free event held at Abergavenny Community Centre on the 3rd October (10am-1:30pm) and can be booked online.

LOCATION: Abergavenny Community Centre, Park Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5YB

03/10/2019 - 10:00 to 13:30
LEAF Education Networking & Development Day - Sustainable Soils Alliance

LEAF Education Networking & Development Day - Sustainable Soils Alliance

Event date: 
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 10:00 to 16:30

The full day of professional development and training will give farmers and teenagers the skills, confidence and inspiration to connect future generations with farming and where their food comes from.  It will bring together LEAF Education members, other farmers and our team of LEAF Regional Education Consultants to share experiences and best practice, highlight successes and map out opportunities linked to national curriculum.

During the day, you will be able to attend four of the following sessions which need to be pre-booked:

  • Future farming careers workshop – a collaborative project between LEAF and NFYFC, enabling learners to develop critical thinking and learn about aspects of agricultural, food and retail careers.

  • Livestock: selective breeding & animal welfare – easy-to-understand activity ideas linked to Curriculum and GCSE Exam Specification

  • A day on an arable farm – exploring ways to make an arable farm visit interesting and interactive – you don’t need livestock to host a visit!

  • The importance of soils – help teenagers get down and dirty on your farm to understand this vital resource

  • Practical science on the farm – how to bring the Key Stage 3 & 4 science curriculum to life with practical activities on the farm and demonstrations

  • Hedgerows, margins & biodiversity – learn with a science teacher how hedgerows and field margins can be used to deliver the science curriculum for Key Stage 3 & 4

  • Farm walk: chill out & connect with nature – how to use your site to enhance young people’s awareness of the environment, with art and sensory activities designed to be inclusive

  • Linking food & farming to the business curriculum – led by a business studies teacher, find out how to help students understand the farm business and use it as a case study throughout the course

  • Farm tour – tractor and trailer ride tour of Beeswax Dyson Farming – Mayfield Farm, led by farm manager Ed Hall

At 4:30pm, we hope you will stay and join us for a BBQ providing a lovely opportunity to meet your LEAF Regional Education Consultant, network with other delegates and share education stories.

Once four sessions have been chosen you can reserve a place by clicking here - closes 23rd September .

LOCATION: Mayfield Farm, Newbury, RG20 7BR


07/10/2019 - 10:00 to 16:30
Oganic Research Centre- Soil Nutrient Management

Oganic Research Centre- Soil Nutrient Management

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00 to 16:30

This workshop for farmers, growers, advisers and consultants explores soil fertility management and nutirent control. 

The one day workshop will help farmers develop their own soil management plan for profitable production of quality food focusing on soil biology, the use of organic and mineral fertiliser inputs, cover crops and manure use and discuss when composting may be useful. Principles of organic soil management, the use and value of different soil analysis methods and soil nutirnet management will also be explained and discussed. 

The workshop is run by Mark Measures, who has 35 years experience advising organic farmers throughout the UK and elsewhere. His multiple achievements and qualifications means he is in a unique position to report on all the different soil analysis and management methods – Standard, Albrecht, Solvita, Soil Health and soil biology. Therefore, he can offer independent advice on their use by farmers in the UK.

Ticket prices from £40 which includes lunch & refreshments. Booking deadline is 15th October and is run by Mark Measures Associates and can be booked via:

LOCATION: Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5HF

23/10/2019 - 10:00 to 16:30
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