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Restoring soils, recycling waste
Thu 11 May 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 BST
A theoretical and practical session on regenerative agriculture with three pioneers of farming for carbon:
Christine Jones, grasslands ecologist, Australia
Gerry Gillespie, City to Soil, Australia
Max Purnell, New Zealand farmer
See below for full details of what speakers will be discussing; the themes of the day will be:
the global challenge and opportunity to get carbon back in our soils, with the benefits for soil life as well as climate change
practical techniques for livestock and arable farmers
closed loop systems for composting city food waste and using back on the land
We’ll be comparing notes on what works down under with what works in our wetter, colder soils. As part of the day, we’ll be looking at the ‘2000m2’ project at Whitmuir farm just down the road, where household food waste is being composted and used for community food growing.
This event would be of interest to:
Farmers, soil scientists, gardeners, community food groups, policy makers and anyone interested in how agriculture can be part of the solution to climate change, rather than part of the problem.
Cost £25 per person including lunch, with a 20% discount for Nourish members.
Dr Christine Jones
Restoring biodiversity to agricultural soils
Dr Christine Jones has a PhD in soil biochemistry and has gained international recognition as a speaker, presenting on ‘The Fundamentals of Soil’ at workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Western Europe, Central America, USA and Canada. In this presentation Christine will explain how enhancing above- and below-ground diversity to maximise the power of photosynthesis and create a robust soil microbiome i) reduces reliance on high-analysis N and P fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides ii) improves soil structure and function and iii) optimises soil, plant, animal, and human health, water quality and farm profit.
Gerry Gillespie has over 30 years’ expertise in the recycling and composting industries
He designed and implemented the City to Soil program which found that the provision of tools, information and motivation is imperative to quality outcomes and reduced contamination. Contamination is the presence of unwanted glass, plastic and metal in the collected organic waste. The point that is often missed when implementing community engagement programs is that full engagement of the community brings with it enormous social and political power to drive the ongoing program and to assist the individual household.
This presentation will discuss methods used to achieve low levels of contamination and the range of tools available to stimulate and engender interest and the processes associated.
Farming while increasing soil carbon: Soils First - a Kiwi farmer's perspective.
Max is a NZ farmer who has been experimenting with and implementing grazing and feed cropping practices on his farm, with the objective of increasing the soil carbon for all of its co-benefits.
Max also has had off-farm involvements in the distribution of agricultural and horticultural science funding and has an interest in seeing improvements in the way the public funding of agricultural science is implemented