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Making the most of this valuable regional centre of excellence, we will be learning from a wide range of experience in commercial production and research trials, both in the glasshouse and the field. Planning for the new season will be well under way and we hope to see some aspects of that starting to take shape.

There will be a demonstration of practical assessments of soil health and fertility. Also a review of current knowledge and understanding of soil science and how this can inform commercial production.
We look forward to meeting you and hearing your questions and concerns on working with soils; sharing experience of problems solved and mistakes made.

This workshop is part of the Growing Resilient Efficient And Thriving GREATsoils project, funded by AHDB horticulture, and delivered in partnership by the Soil Association, the Organic Research Centre and Earthcare Technical Ltd.

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10:00am Welcome to Stockbridge Technology Centre - David George, Director of Entomology & Sustainable Agriculture at Stockbridge Technology Centre (Tea and Coffee available)
10:30am Introduction to GREATsoils - Paul Flynn, Soil Association
10:45am Soil Health (Managing Soils Effectively for Commercial Vegetable and Glasshouse Production) - Neil Fuller
11:45am Glasshouse and Field walk with Andrew Manfield and Neil Fuller (see bio below). (David and Paul to support).
1:00pm Lunch. Continue group discussion.
2:00pm Short summary and thanks

Who should come? The workshops are aimed at growers, but may also be useful for farmers and advisors. We expect that growers will already have a basic understanding of the link between soil health and plant health and will be looking to understand more about this and how soil testing can be used to strengthen their growing system.

Workshops are open to all, however in the event of high demand, preference is given to AHDB levy payers and Associate Members. Find out more about the benefits of AHDB Associate Membership.


Places are limited so book early!

Please email Simone Osborn at GREATsoils@soilassociation.org with any queries. Sign up here for GREATsoils updates.

For more information visit http://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/great-soils

GREATsoils is a programme of work funded by AHDB Horticulture. Work includes projects CP 107; CP 107b; CP 107c and CP 107d. AHDB Horticulture project CP 107b is run by a consortium which includes Earthcare Technical Ltd, The Organic Research Centre and The Soil Association.

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Paul Flynn has been a Lecturer and course manager in Agriculture at Newton Rigg College in Cumbria for the last five years, helping to build student numbers to over a hundred new young farmers starting this year and opening new dairy and sheep enterprises. He studied Agriculture at Aberystwyth alongside working at the college farm and Bryn-Llys farm. Paul has worked on a wide range of farms in the UK and overseas, including growing for the retail supermarkets. He has already put in twelve years at the Soil Association working with the certification and Food for Life teams before returning to University as a mature student to qualify as a teacher. Recent research projects included protected fertiliser, micro-nutrient fertiliser, control of rushes and non-chemical weed control. In his spare time, he can be found working at the local community supported farm or providing dad’s teenage taxi service.

Neil Douglas Fuller: The son of a shepherd, Neil grew up on a small organic farm in Lincolnshire, which provided an excellent foundation in all things agricultural. He graduated from Newcastle University with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which promoted post-graduate studies in soil biochemistry and microbiology. Neil started a private consultancy company in 1986, delivering practical advice on soil management, nutritional agronomy and biological farming systems, and has been engaged on a number of farming, food and nutrition projects around the world. Building on the principle that soil quality is the cornerstone of sustainable farming, much of Neil’s time has been devoted to the formulation, demonstration, evaluation and technical support of innovative biological technologies, from Nitrogen-fixing seed coatings to live microbial crop protection agents, that enhance soil fertility, support plant health and deliver nutrient-rich food. Having spent a lifetime wondering the Planet, digging holes and talking to plants, Neil is currently developing a virtual agronomy platform, using special sensors to monitor soils, plants and animals from aircraft.

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