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BASIS Soil and Water Management

BASIS Soil and Water Management

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 18:00

Dates & Venue Information

BASIS Soil & Water Training: Wednesday 4th  /  Thursday 5th  /  Wednesday 11th /  Thursday 12th March 2020Written and viva exam: Thursday 26th March 2020

BASIS Soil & Water Content & Suitability

Our course covers the importance of soil organic matter and soil structure plus the legal requirements for the protection of soil and the maintenance of soil health.

Methods are explored which prevent wind / water erosion and minimise diffuse water pollution

The mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation will be examined as will the role of plant nutrients.

Training also covers the safe and legal application of farm manures and other organic manures to land.

Sessions are a mix of presentations, interactive quizzes, practical sessions and exercises.

The BASIS syllabus includes:

  • Soil protection and soil health
  • Prevention of water and wind erosion
  • Mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation
  • Texture and structure of soil
  • Soil organic matter
  • Soil water properties
  • Drainage and irrigation
  • Plant macro/micronutrients and fertiliser planning
  • Manures and soil organic inputs to enhance crop growth and their effects on diffuse pollution

Designed for those who wish to achieve their BASIS Certificate in Soil and Water Management. Also suitable for advisers, farmers and farm managers who wish to improve their knowledge.

The course attracts 25 CPD points for the BASIS Professional Register.

 

COST: £748 (+ VAT) + £293 exam fee.   Total = £1,041 + VAT (includes course materials, lunch and refreshments throughout).

There is a 1% training fee discount per person when booking 2+ places (for groups of 5 or more contact the office for discount information)

Candidates will need to provide their own copy of RB209 (AHDB version), Code of Good Agricultural Practice and NVZ Guidelines.  The course fee above does not include your ‘Think Soils’ manual which will be charged separately if you do not already have a copy.

 

LOCATION: J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7FP

 

How do I book? 

Complete the booking form below to pay online or alternatively email [email protected] for a registration form. This can be found online at: https://www.fieldfareassociates.co.uk/courses/course/basis-march2020/

*If using the online booking system – due to it’s set-up we’ve reduced the exam fee to ensure the final total is correct as it will pull through with VAT added.  Your SAC Commercial invoice/receipt which follows within a few days will have the accurate breakdown of VAT incurred upon payment*

*Remember to select both your training and your exam upon booking*

 

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Applying Soil Health in Hort Systems - Part 2 - Planning

Applying Soil Health in Hort Systems - Part 2 - Planning

Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:00

by Niels Corfield Courses & Workshops

 

Living Roots - Covered Soil - Minimal Disturbance – Diversity

A one-day course on the application of the soil health principles, to your growing operation.

The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What's more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today.

Course Outcomes

• Turning observations into actions

• Applying the soil health principles to everyday management situations

• Bringing the power of covered growing to the open field

• Understanding the rules of successful cover crop design and management

• Using the soil health principles to analyse & redesign your rotation

• Selecting best practice composting systems for your operation

Content

Soil Health Principles recap

Applying the soil health principles to specific management cases

• Creating new growing areas

• Establishment & husbandry

• Weeds and weeding

• Harvesting, clearing beds & change over

Covered Growing

• Best practice, low cost options

Cropping

• Intercropping

• Mulching

Cover Crops

• Designing mixes, what to include or leave out

• Spring or autumn sown

Rotations and Rotation Planning

• Applied soil health principles

• Appraise your existing rotation

• Redesign your rotation using

Composting Systems

• Overview of best practice options

Monitoring soils & plant health

• Sign-posting

 

Course Schedule

• Morning – theory, classroom

• Lunch – packed lunch

• Afternoon – rotation design exercise & further learning, classroom

 

What to Bring

• Existing rotation for your plot

• Packed lunch

• Warm clothes

• Waterproofs, wellies, brollie

• Notebook, camera, smartphone etc

 

Soil Health Principles

1 Living Root – for as Long-/as Often as Possible

2 Covered Soil – with Residues or Living Plants

3 Minimise Disturbance/Compaction – Tillage

4 Maximise Diversity – in Rotations/Plantings

5 Feed Soils – with Organic Matter (Between Cropping)

6 Incorporate Animals – Ideally Adaptive Grazed

7 Minimise Use of Chemicals/Synthetics

 

COST: £35 – £110

 

LOCATION:

Feed Bristol

181 Frenchay Park Road

Bristol

BS16 1HB

 

For more information and to purchase tickets please follow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/applying-soil-health-in-hort-systems-part-2-planning-tickets-86928257759

06/03/2020 - 09:30 to 16:00
 
 
 
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BASIS Soil and Water Management

BASIS Soil and Water Management

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 18:00

Dates & Venue Information

BASIS Soil & Water Training: Wednesday 4th  /  Thursday 5th  /  Wednesday 11th /  Thursday 12th March 2020Written and viva exam: Thursday 26th March 2020

BASIS Soil & Water Content & Suitability

Our course covers the importance of soil organic matter and soil structure plus the legal requirements for the protection of soil and the maintenance of soil health.

Methods are explored which prevent wind / water erosion and minimise diffuse water pollution

The mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation will be examined as will the role of plant nutrients.

Training also covers the safe and legal application of farm manures and other organic manures to land.

Sessions are a mix of presentations, interactive quizzes, practical sessions and exercises.

The BASIS syllabus includes:

  • Soil protection and soil health
  • Prevention of water and wind erosion
  • Mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation
  • Texture and structure of soil
  • Soil organic matter
  • Soil water properties
  • Drainage and irrigation
  • Plant macro/micronutrients and fertiliser planning
  • Manures and soil organic inputs to enhance crop growth and their effects on diffuse pollution

Designed for those who wish to achieve their BASIS Certificate in Soil and Water Management. Also suitable for advisers, farmers and farm managers who wish to improve their knowledge.

The course attracts 25 CPD points for the BASIS Professional Register.

 

COST: £748 (+ VAT) + £293 exam fee.   Total = £1,041 + VAT (includes course materials, lunch and refreshments throughout).

There is a 1% training fee discount per person when booking 2+ places (for groups of 5 or more contact the office for discount information)

Candidates will need to provide their own copy of RB209 (AHDB version), Code of Good Agricultural Practice and NVZ Guidelines.  The course fee above does not include your ‘Think Soils’ manual which will be charged separately if you do not already have a copy.

 

LOCATION: J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7FP

 

How do I book? 

Complete the booking form below to pay online or alternatively email [email protected] for a registration form. This can be found online at: https://www.fieldfareassociates.co.uk/courses/course/basis-march2020/

*If using the online booking system – due to it’s set-up we’ve reduced the exam fee to ensure the final total is correct as it will pull through with VAT added.  Your SAC Commercial invoice/receipt which follows within a few days will have the accurate breakdown of VAT incurred upon payment*

*Remember to select both your training and your exam upon booking*

 

 
 
 
 
 
FAO- Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity

FAO- Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 17:00

The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20), ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’ will be a science-policy meeting, held over three days, from 10-12 March, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Jointly organized by the UN FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI).

The main objective is to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policy makers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.

Specifically, the objectives of this symposium are to:

  1. Examine the current scientific, technical, indigenous and traditional knowledge on the role of soil biodiversity on food production, human health and on sustaining biodiversity aboveground;

  2. Identify knowledge gaps and explore opportunities for collaborative research, capacity building and technical cooperation;

  3. Identify limitations and opportunities to promote the sustainable use of soil biodiversity, knowledge sharing and capacity building;

  4. Present effective and replicable methodologies, techniques, technologies and practices that promote sustainability, with a view to upscale those sustainable approaches to promote soil biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of its resources and equitable participation in productive landscapes; 

  5. Identify policy options to protect soil biodiversity and encourage the adoption of practices that enhance it;

  6. Present national, regional and global initiatives that support the effective design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting solutions and their contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.

Expected output

The symposium outcome document “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity” will highlight the importance of soil biodiversity not only for food production, but for enhancing the benefits to all and in various ways and at multiple scales, including biodiversity-based solutions for global challenges, human well-being, health and nutritional food and new medicinal discoveries, including the discovery of new antibiotics.

COST: £?

LOCATION: UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy

To find out more and register follow: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/soil-biodiversity-symposium/about-the-symposium/en/

 
 
 
 
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Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture for Livestock Farms - Introduction

Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture for Livestock Farms - Introduction

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:00

An introduction - Niels Corfield courses and workshops

Soil Health - Pasture Health - Whole Farm Planning

• Ever wanted to know what it is that makes grass grow rapidly 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 stock on your farm?

 

On this course, you will:

• Learn the whys and wherefores of regenerative agriculture and whole-farm health on grazed operations, and

• Be introduced to new ways of thinking about the "farming problem" and new ways to monitor your farm.

 

Objectives

• Improving soil health / pasture health

• Improving drainage and water holding on your land

• Growing more and better forage

• Reducing reliance on external inputs or contractor services

• Identifying opportunities for out-wintering & season extension

• Getting feedback on-farm: monitoring & data, on-farm trials

 

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

 

Who is this Training Suitable for?

• Farmers

• Graziers, herdsmen & shepherds

• Landowners

• Farm & estate managers

• New entrants

• Ecologists & advisors

 

Tools & Technology

• Field Margin app - https://www.fieldmargin.com/

• Sectormentor for Soil app - https://soils.sectormentor.com/

 

What to Bring

• Packed Lunch

• Notebook, pens etc

• Camera/smartphone (optional)

• Boots & clothing for farm walk

• Farm maps (optional)

 

COST:  £54.49 – £113.78

 

LOCATION: 

Stonegate Village Hall

Forge Field

Stonegate

TN5 7ED

 

For more inofrmation and to purchase tickets follow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soil-health-regenerative-agriculture-for-livestock-farms-introduction-tickets-87983941337

17/03/2020 - 09:30 to 16:00
 
FAB Farmers Herbal Leys Demonstration Event - by Soil Association

FAB Farmers Herbal Leys Demonstration Event - by Soil Association

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 10:45 to 15:00

FABulous Farmers is a new European project designed to support farmers in the transition to more agro-ecological practices on their farms.

About this Event

This is a regional demonstration event for the FABulous Farmers Programme focusing on the FAB measure of diverse/herbal leys.

The team at Rothamsted will be sharing and then demonstrating, as part of a farm tour, the research projects currently underway at North Wyke that focus around diverse leys and their ability to improve functional agro-biodiversity (FAB). These include The Toolbox of Multi-species Swards project (TOMS), Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems project (ASSIST), The North Wyke Farm Platform and a Precision Grazing Project.

Agenda:

10.45 Arrival and registration

11.00 – Introduction to FAB and overview of measures, introducing the benefit of mixed diverse leys – Kate Still

11.20 – 12.00

  • Introduction to The Toolbox of Multi-species Swards project (TOMS) - Deborah Beaumont
  • Introduction to Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST) project - a Institute Strategic Programme - Jordana Rivero-Viera
  • The North Wyke Farm Platform – Bruce Griffith

12 – 12.30 Questions and Discussion session around implementing / barriers to implementing FAB measures and future research gaps

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch - provided

13.15 – 15.00 Travel to plots and Farm Walk to visit the Farm Platform, ASSIST, TOMS and Precision Grazing projects

15.00 Depart

Please note that the farm walk will involve uneven ground, please wear appropriate outdoor gear/footwear and let us know if you have any specific access requirements in advance.

FABulous Farmers

The Centre for ecology and hydrology, Farm carbon cutting toolkit, The National Trust and the Soil Association have joined forces with partners across North-West Europe to deliver FABulous Farmers, a project designed to support farmers to transition towards more agroecological practices on their farms. The project aims to assist farmers to increase on-farm efficiency and reduce their reliance on external inputs by increasing the functional agro-biodiversity (FAB) on their farms.

Data protection

Soil Association takes data protection very seriously and will only collect essential data from participants. Personal data will not be shared with any third party organisations without your expressed permission and will only be used in conjunction with this event. Under data protection law, we must give you information about the bases we are relying on to process your personal information.

The Soil Association's full privacy policy is available here: https://www.soilassociation.org/privacy-policy/

By booking onto this event you agree to the terms and conditions stated in our privacy policies.

 

COST: Free

 

LOCATION:

Rothamsted Research

North Wyke

Okehampton

EX20 2SB

 

For more information and to book tickets please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fab-farmers-herbal-leys-demonstration-event-tickets-94634210471

17/03/2020 - 10:45 to 15:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Understanding soil life, composting & wormeries

Understanding soil life, composting & wormeries

Event date: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 18:00 to 20:30

by Capital Growth

A teaspoon of soil contains up to one billion bacteria, fungy and other weird and wonderful life. Understanding how they interract with plants and promote growth is the key to having a healthy garden. This session will go through what is actually soil life, how it works, how to make the best compost and how to use a wormery to create natural fertiliser for your garden..

Trainer - Elena Trivelli

Elena joined the Capital Growth Team in September 2019 as the Regent’s Park Allotment Coordinator. Elena has been volunteering and working in the food growing, mental health and homelessness sector for the past 5 years.

If you have any mobility requirements, please contact [email protected] before booking to discuss your particular needs.

 

COST: £16.49 – £32.39

 

LOCATION: 

The Regent's Park Allotment Garden

The Regent's Park

London

NW1 4NR

 

For more information and purchase tickets please follow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-soil-life-composting-wormeries-tickets-82808473373

28/03/2020 - 18:00 to 20:30
 
 
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Grazing Cover Crops with Sheep - Field Lab Meeting by Soil Association

Grazing Cover Crops with Sheep - Field Lab Meeting by Soil Association

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:30 to 14:30

Join The Soil Association at a meeting to explore the potential of a new field lab addressing some of the issues around grazing cover crops with sheep.

About this Event

Cover cropping ahead of spring drilling can help protect soils over-winter, reduce nutrient losses and return organic matter. Grazing of cover crops by sheep can potentially reduce feed costs, return nitrogen in a readily available form and reduce the reliance on glyphosate to terminate cover crops. However, if not managed correctly, grazing can damage soil structure thereby increasing the risk of run-off and soil erosion. Selecting the correct cover crop species is crucial and must consider both impacts on livestock performance and any rotational conflicts with the following cash crop.

This trial, sponsored by AHDB, considers the impact of grazing the cover crop before re-sowing, providing much needed feed at low cost and at a critical time of year, so that we can make good use of the fertility left behind. Farmers who may be interested in joining this field lab are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the issues and set out initial plans for a methodology.

 

What makes for the perfect cover crop?

- Single species or mixed, whilst keeping the costs down?

- When is the ideal time to sow and when is it too late?

- Soil temperature profile vs. establishment

- How best can we create a cover crop to protect the soil after maize?

- What’s the best way to introduce cover-crops?

- What will you try? Slurry injector in to winter barley stubble or broadcast over the crop - before harvest!

- How best can we graze the crop to make the most of it, whilst protecting the soil and avoiding erosion?

 

To find out more about Innovative Farmers, our live and concluded field labs, and the support available click here.

Places are limited and booking is essential. By registering to attend you are expressing an interest in joining the field lab group and participating in the trial.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Swinn on 0117 987 4572 or email [email protected].

 

 

 

The organiser

Innovative Farmers is a not for profit network giving farmers research support and funding on their own terms. Through trialling, testing and hands-on research, we’re helping farmers find lasting solutions to practical problems. The network is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund. Innovative Farmers is backed by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre and led by the Soil Association, supported by Waitrose. This project is also sponsored by AHDB.

Data protection

Innovative Farmers takes data protection very seriously and will only collect essential data from participants. Personal data will not be shared with any third party organisations without your expressed permission and will only be used in conjunction with this field lab. Under data protection law, we must give you information about the bases we are relying on to process your personal information. Innovative Farmers privacy policy can be found at https://www.innovativefarmers.org/about/privacy-policy-and-terms-and-con...

The Soil Association's full privacy policy is available here: https://www.soilassociation.org/privacy-policy/

By booking onto this event you agree to the terms and conditions stated in our privacy policies. You can opt out at any time by contacting [email protected]

 

COST: Free

 

LOCATION: 

Hainey Farm

Barway Road

Barway

Ely

CB7 5TZ

 

For more inofrmation and to book this event please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grazing-cover-crops-with-sheep-field-lab-meeting-tickets-97735438327

31/03/2020 - 10:30 to 14:30
 
 
 
 
 
 
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