Description

Ever wanted to know what it is that makes plants grow strong and in drought? Want to know how to convert consolidated soil into friable top soil that doesn’t saturate? Like to know how to create the most beneficial environment for crops/stock on your farm?

On this course, lead by Niels Corfield, you will:

  • Learn the whys and wherefores of regenerative agriculture, soil health and pasture management on grazed operations
  • Learn how to monitor soil/pasture on your farm.
  • Be introduced to new ways of thinking about the “farming problem” and new ways to monitor your farm.

Course Details

(Runs for two sessions 1:00 – 5:00pm)

Session 1: Presentations

  • Regenerative ag & soil health principles

Session 2: Workshop/Presentations

  • Analysis of soils/pasture on your farm,
  • Land under grass

Objectives

  • Improving soil health / pasture health
  • Improving drainage and water holding on your land
  • Growing more and better forage/crops
  • Reducing reliance on external inputs or contractor services
  • Identifying opportunities for out-wintering & season extension
  • Getting feedback on-farm: monitoring & data, on-farm trials
  • Skills training on using Soilmentor and carrying-out basic tests

Topics

  • Understanding soil health: soil health principles for graziers
  • Learning to read your soil and pasture
  • Principles of grazing management
  • Grazing management systems: mob grazing & planned grazing
  • Time-saving strategies for management of land & livestock
  • Overseeding existing pasture & establishing new covers
  • Monitoring, data gathering & Soilmentor

Tools & Technology

  • Field Margin app – https://www.fieldmargin.com/
  • Soilmentor app – https://soils.sectormentor.com/

Niels Corfield Biog

Niels Corfield has been working to deliver truly sustainable food and farming systems for more than 15 years. He is a researcher, adviser, educator, designer and tree nurseryman. He has 12 years’ experience teaching adults and is formally trained in Holistic Management and Regenerative Agriculture Design.

On a mission to create regenerative landscapes and farms in the UK and Europe, Niels focuses on agroecological systems that are low maintenance yet productive. His clients include: Southanan Estate, Fir Farm, Fosse Tillery Farm, Devon Wildlife Trust, Anglian Water, High Weald AONB, Catchment Sensitive Farming, and Soil Association Scotland.

Cost

£49

Provided

  • Soilmentor Access: When enrolled you will be given complementary access to a Soilmentor account for use on the course, for: recording soils observations and sharing data with the tutor, for feedback and analysis on session 2.
  • Offline Viewing: All sessions will be videoed and made available to you offline, for you to watch again, or to view if you miss the live session.

Who

  • Farmers & Arable Growers
  • Graziers, herdsmen & shepherds
  • Landowners
  • Farm & estate managers
  • New entrants
  • Ecologists & advisors

More information

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