Weeds, Pests and Diseases WR&D
Often seen as the big challenge to food production, this seminar will explore some of the positive as well as negative aspects of WP&D. You will learn about the “systems approach” to developing in-built resistance to many common problems and see how it is even possible to get weeds on your side at times! We will explore how WP&D become established, how they impact on crops and how you are going to maintain a degree of control over their negative effects.
After lunch there will be a tour of the fields and walled garden crops to see how weeds, pests and diseases are notably absent most of the time and how systems have been developed to ensure a healthy and productive farm.
The seminar is a participative workshop so you get to join in, share your ideas and questions with the whole group and you may be put into a working group as part of the day’s activities. At the end of the day you will go home with a much clearer idea of the role of WP&D on the farm
Seminar length is 6 hours including lunch.
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Iain Tolhurst has been a practising organic vegetable producer for over 37 years, one of the original pioneers of the organic movement he is internationally known and respected. He has taught organic systems in many parts of the world and is an accomplished and dynamic teacher with wide range of experience. Iain is able to bring a group of people together and encourage them to think for themselves for the good of the whole group, so everybody learns a piece from each other. The seminars are always based with a practical content and the wonderful highly acclaimed organic farm on the beautiful Hardwick estate that he runs is the main tool in the practical learning exercise. Mornings are usually in a classroom workshop studying the subject in depth; use is made of group participation as well as the use of modern teaching aids.
Lunch is for many a highlight of the day, as much as possible of the food is from the farm with everything including the tea and coffee being organic. The day starts and ends with tea/coffee/biscuits and you will find great company to chat with in a beautiful environment.
For more details of the farm and vegetable business see: www.tolhurstorganic.co.uk