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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.


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.

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COST: Free



Rothamsted Research

North Wyke


EX20 2SB


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