Description

A one-day course on the principles of soil health, using problem-based learning. Learn what the soil health principles are, where they are gleaned from and how their application improves- and creates soil crumb structure.

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 applied these principles the most rigorously have more profitable operations today.

Course Schedule:

  • Morning – theory & first principles
  • Lunch – packed lunch
  • Afternoon – farm walk (lead by Fred Price), soils testing demo, further learning

Topics/Structure:

Regenerative Agriculture – The Broader Context

  • The imperative
  • 4 Ecosystem Processes

Empirical case for good soil management

  • How different strategies affect soil structure
  • Reducing grade-outs and crop failures
  • Minimising moisture stress

Defining soil health

  • How it’s articulated and how to measure it

Soil Health Principles

  • What they are & the processes that underpin them
  • Empirical evidence of their application on market gardens

Evidencing soil health

  • Aggregation, spade tests, visual soil inspection

Aggregation and crumb structure

  • What creates it, and how to maximise

Nutrient Cycling

  • Fostering nitrogen fixation for all crops

One Key Insight

  • Microbes Matter

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

Best Practice Management Solutions 

  • Cultivation systems 
  • Cover crops

Sign-Posts & Practical Tips

  • Case studies
  • Monitoring & trials
  • What to do this season

Cost

£38

Provided

  • Printed hand-out
  • PowerPoint Presentations

Who

  • Arable farmers
  • Mixed farmers
  • Estate managers, farm managers
  • Agronomists & advisors

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