Wed, 12 Jan | FarmED

Regenerative Soil Health For Horticultural Growers *NEW DATE*

From large horticultural operations to market gardens, when soil health principles are followed, they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops, and more consistent yields.
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Regenerative Soil Health For Horticultural Growers *NEW DATE*

Time & Location

12 Jan, 09:00 – 17:00
FarmED, Honeydale Farm, Station Road, Shipton-under-Wychwood, OX7 6BJ

About the Event

From large horticultural operations to market gardens, when soil health principles are followed, they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops, and more consistent yields.

Whether you are a large horticultural grower or smaller market gardener this course, led by agroecological adviser Niels Corfield and the FarmED team, will enable you to apply these principles to improve soil health for optimum horticultural performance.

In addition to the formal training, we will facilitate peer to peer learning and discussion. You will also hear from a guest speaker, take a tour of the various enterprises at FarmED, and be fed nutritious, seasonal, and locally produced food from the FarmED Kitchen.

Course content and structure

This course is split into two sessions run over three days as follows:

Session 1: Fundamentals of Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture – 12th January 2022

In this session you will be introduced to how natural ecosystem processes affect your soil, and how by following regenerative agriculture principles you can work with these processes to improve soil health. Crucially you will learn about the important role soil biology plays in crop performance and farm resilience and what practices can be used to support healthy soils.

We will define what healthy soil looks like and take a walk around FarmED to demonstrate how to measure this in the field using practical soil tests. You will also learn how to read your own soil and how to use the SoilMentor app so that you can collect data from your own farm to analyse before the second session.

Session 2: Improving and monitoring the health of your soil – 26th & 27th January 2022

In this 2-day session you will analyse the soil observations you collected using SoilMentor as a basis for developing an action plan to apply the principles of regenerative agriculture to your growing operation.

We will then discuss agroecological strategies and techniques for improving soil health from preparation to harvest, including:

● Reworking crop rotations

● Working with compost and other soil amendments that build soil organic matter

● Foliar nutrition

● Designing and integrating cover crop mixtures

● Intercropping

● Mulching

● Weeds & weeding

● Best practice and low-cost options for covered growing

To make sure you can measure the benefits of the changes you make to your soil you will be given training on monitoring soil and plant health as well as signposting and advice on how to get the most from lab testing.

Who's this course for?

This course is designed for market gardeners and commercial horticultura