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Anstruther Town Hall

18 School Green

Anstruther

KY10 3DF

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Introduction to Holistic Management with farmer Tony McQuail

Tuesday 12th Feb 2019, 7–9pm

Anstruther Town Hall, School Green, Anstruther, Fife

What is Holistic Management?

Come along to hear Canadian farmer and educator Tony McQuail explain how this ‘whole farm’ approach to management made his business more productive and profitable, whilst helping the family feel that the farm was 'working for them'. He will explain key Holistic Management principles such as goal-setting, decision-making, planned grazing, infrastructure planning and soil monitoring. He will share how they impacted on his own family satisfaction, farm sustainability and planning for succession.

Talk will be followed by Q&A.

Includes screening of Tall Grass Grazing, a short film showing farmers in Scotland trialling mob grazing as part of a Holistic Management approach. Includes soup and refreshments from 6.30pm.

Free to farmers and land managers. Booking is essential. Book by clicking on the 'Register' button or email Clem: csandison@soilassociation.org

Tony McQuail's biography:

Tony started his farming career in 1970 at the age of 18 working as a hired hand on dairy farms. In 1973 he bought a run down 100 acre farm near Lucknow, Ontario. He and wife, Fran, started working the land and building a house in 1974 while Tony was working on a University degree which saw him taking agriculture courses at the University of Guelph and obtaining an Environmental Studies Honours degree from the University of Waterloo. Tony was very concerned about the direction that agriculture in North America was taking with respect to energy and environmental sustainability. In 1976 they made a cold turkey transition to organic production. Tony and Fran were active in starting the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario. Meeting Place Organic Farm was one of the first certified organic farms in Ontario. Tony served as the Executive Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, in the early 1990’s and worked with the committee that developed the Ontario Environmental Farm Plan. In 1995 Tony and Fran took a Holistic Management course. The course helped them work more effectively as a team, involve their teenage daughters, shift to full time on the farm, increase profitability and start taking family summer holidays. Tony says Holistic Management was transformative for their farm and feels it helped interest the next generation in continuing with the farm. He and Fran now farm with their younger daughter, Katrina, who purchased the farm in 2016. Tony became a Certified Holistic Management Educator in 2007 and has taught courses in Canada and the UK.

Funding for this activity is made available through the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the European Union), with partner funding from Quality Meat Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Innovative Farmers and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.

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United Kingdom

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