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We are currently scheduling the program for Autumn 2016/Spring 2017, so please keep checking back here for additions BUT ALSO please sign up to the mailing list on the home page AND register your interest for any events you would like to attend which are listed but not yet scheduled; this is of great help to us in conserving valuable resources - so that we can have a sense of demand.

Summary of Events:

12th February (Devon) - Crediton Monitor Farm Meeting with Joel Williams supporting - see here for more details.

21-23 March (Somerset) - Soil Food Web Course with Zach Wright, Huntstile Organic Farm, Somerset - Fully Booked

18-21 April - Soil Food Web Course with Zach Wright, Haye Farm, Ribbesford, Worcestershire - Fully Booked

17 May - Animal Herbal Medicine with Jane Walwork-Gush, Hunststile Organic Farm, Somerset

29th June - Grazing for Long-term Resilience and Sustainable Profit; Holistic Management Collaborative Open Gate @ Croome Court, Worcestershire, with Rob Havard, Philip Bubb, Russ Carrington and Matt Clegg - in association with Holistic Management International

September, dates and venues tbc - Grazing/Silvopasture Study Tour (with Rob Havard, Pete Aspin, and others)

October, dates and venues tbc. - Stewarding Your Soil with Zach Wright

November, dates and venues tbc. - Holistic Management with Tony McQuail - in association with Holistic Management International

We are also expecting to continue work with Joel Williams (Soil Health), and to repeat the Animal Herbal Medicine course (details below) so please do register your interest in these if appropriate - and we may even have something else up our sleeve too...


Stewarding Your Soil

Zach Stewarding your soil courseHow to Manage the Beneficial Organisms In and For Your Soil

with Zach Wright

more dates and venues tbc; please email to express interest

This course is an very unusual opportunity to cover the basics of The Soil Food Web, in a condensed and practical format, building the compost pile, making compost tea and having a go at microscope work ourselves, all under the guidance of Zach Wright, one of only three Soil Life Consultants certified by Dr Elaine Ingham.

Since Zach will be returning to the US in May, the course has had to be arranged at short notice, and participant numbers are strictly limited (to 12 in order to ensure that there is enough personal attention, especially during the microscope sessions).

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Animal Herbal Medicine - An Introduction

Herbal medicines

Workshop with Jane Wallwork-Gush

more dates and venues tbc; please email to express interest

There are a number of approaches to using herbal medicine with animals; zoopharmacognosy or the principle of animal self-selection, homeopathy and adding herbs singularly or in blends to the feed and of course external or topical applications. As a herbalist and smallholder Jane will present a simple and practical approach that can be adapted to the size of the smallholding or farm and stock held.

In Jane’s words:

Prevention is better than cure. My partner and I have two green food supplements for the winter months when our cattle and pigs are indoors. The constituents of these boost immunity and provide a good source of nutrients where hay is being fed to cattle and it also includes some powdered roots and mushrooms for the pigs. It is important to have a few standard remedies and base herbs available for use. It is not always practically or economically viable to have a wide and varied selection of plants, oils and other preparations to hand, particularly essential oils as these can be expensive. With a few simple herbs, powders, oils and essential oils a basic kit is easy and commercially viable to use and maintain and can support your livestock in good health. We have a great relationship with our vet and accurate diagnosis is vital - however, we don’t wish to see him too often.

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Soil Health; A Living Perspective

Soil nutrient managementOptimising Soil Management for Productivity (6 BASIS points; 2E, 1GM, 3N)

with Joel Williams

time and venue tbc. (please get in touch to register your interest)

Joel was recommended to us by one of our farmers in the south-west and we ran a one-day workshop similar to this one in Devon back in February.  It sold out and participants went away wanting more, so we are repeating this 'foundation' material in other venues with a mind to then following this up with more in depth days which focus on specifics such as microscope work, disease management and compost teas.

Joel's cv is impressive and extensive (see his profile for greater detail), but in short, after focussing more strongly on the soil chemistry and nutrient balancing in Australia, he worked with Elaine Ingham at Laverstoke in the UK, inverting this and focussing more strongly on optimising the soil biology with a smaller focus on mineral management. Now he tends to take a middle road but is happy to deliver on whichever side the audience requires. He is particularly interested in the links between nutrition and pest and disease pressure and how nutrient corrections when supplemented with biological protection can be used to manage insect and disease problems, and after some time back in Australia, we are fortunate that he has now returned to England again.

Here are some of the things people said about the initial day we ran in February:
"Superb course, would love to learn more"
"A well structured, interesting and inspiring day"
"It was a really interesting, informatibe and inspiring course... I'll definitely be putting some of what I have learned into practice both at home and at..."
"Really interesting and understandable talk on soil that actually helped me understand what to look for practically and get enthused about fungi!"
"A big subject nicely broken down into nicely digestible chunks"
"Very intersting/exciting - even for the amateur (I thought it may well go over my head, but I took in a lot)"
"Quality, trustworthy information delivered in a very understandable way.  Clarified a lot of the mysteries of soil biology"
"Excellent overview of soil biology and how to achieve better microbial health.  Relevant for all audiences interesting in farming."
"Absolutely fantastic day! Well worth the trip from Aberdeen" (and that was to South Devon...)
"Highly informative... Well structured... Applied knowledge..."

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