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Our schedule is generally an ongoing work in progress, so please keep checking back here for additions BUT ALSO please sign up to the mailing list AND register your interest for any events you would like to attend which are listed but not yet scheduled, via the link at the bottom on those pages; this is of great help to us in conserving valuable human resources - so that we can have a sense of demand and respond to it.  If Twitter is your thing, then we also announce events and share relevant information via our feed there, and likewise on our Facebook page.

We're currently focussing on 'Stewarding your Soil' workshops with Dave Beecher as well as pulling together a peer support/development group in Holistic Management in the south-west, but for a sense of what else we do you can scroll on down and take a look at examples of the events we have run in the past (the intention is to continue in the same vein but also expanding with a few new names/subject areas).

Stewarding Your Soil

Dave Beecher teaching

How to Manage the Beneficial Organisms In and For Your Soil (BASIS points applied for)

with Dave Beecher

Sunday 28th January @ Sandy Lane Farm, Sandy Lane, Tiddington, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2LA;
Tuesday 30th January @ West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter, EX2 9TG

This course is relevant to farmers and growers, and gardeners – and the likes of gardening/agricultural researchers and journalists. The focus of the day will be practical, considering how the soil health principles discussed apply in real life and how we translate them into practice. It will act as a good introduction for those wanting to get started on both understanding soil biology and supporting its healthy development.

Dave Beecher using the microscopeWe will cover the basics of The Soil Food Web, in a concise format, using a microscope to bring the various characters in our soil to life. We’ll consider their roles and how they interact, as a symbiotic community which provides many benefits including creating the vibrant material called humus, and we’ll look at how conventional agriculture is impacting our soils - how cultivation, fertilizers and chemical sprays impact soil biology and us. This will be taken to another level by illustrating how the nutritional quality of food and our own health are affected, as well as that of the wider planet.

Considering application of these principles we will compare the various composting techniques, focusing on hot/thermophilic composting and how to establish an ideal Fungi to Bacteria ratio (F:B) to maximise crop production and optimise quality. Application manner and timing will be discussed as well as how to make it go further by using compost extracts or teas.

mycorrhizae spores bursting free from a sporangiaIn our current economic climate, with both growers and households coming under increased financial pressure, the issues surrounding farming are not easily solved. However some potential solutions to these problems will be presented by highlighting alternative, innovative approaches - from Ireland, UK and around the world.

N.B. We've decided to change this course to condense it into one day and remove the specific training in use of microscopes. This is because we believe it is the best way to use both yours and Dave's time; this way if you have an appropriate microscope and would like to attend a day dedicated to learning about how to use it in relation to soil biology then you can put your name down on a list and we will run one when there are enough people, but otherwise you save your time and money and Dave can spend his time teaching people things they are going to go ahead and use!  If you would like to register interest for a microscope course, please email Natasha to let her know.

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Soil Health; A Living Perspective

Joel Williams BDA conferenceOptimising Soil Management for Agricultural Productivity and Ecology (6 BASIS points; 1LP, 2E, 1GM, 2N)

with Joel Williams

Monday 6th November, 9am-5pm

at Glasshouse College, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF

This event is a comprehensive full day presentation, suitable for both commercial farmers (including but not restricted to organic producers) and those concerned with home/community production.

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Holistic Management® Collaborative Open-Gate

Holistic Planned Grazing: Cattle at Croome ParkGrazing for Long-term Resilience and Sustainable Profit

with Rob Havard, Duncan Leaney, Dave BeecherOliver White and Russ Carrington
Holistic management international

Wednesday 18th October, 2017

Corfe Village Hall, Newton Lane, Corfe, Somerset TA3 7AN

This is a unique opportunity to dip your toes into the world of Holistic Management and Planned Grazing, and explore it's potential to enhance farming/land management practice.

The day is suitable for farmers, advisors, and land managers, as well as those with a more general interest who are also concerned about issues such as animal health and welfare and how we can transition to more environmentally regenerative approaches to food production, how farming practices impact climate change and how we can work with nature to create more resilient landscapes e.g. addressing the issues of flooding (and soil loss), and drought - and enhance biodiversity.  We are very grateful to Duncan and Sally for hosting the farm walk element of the day at their farm (see here).

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Holistic Management® Introduction, Financial and Grazing Planning

Holistic Management grazingPlease note that this is an example from earlier in the year for reference; we intend to run similar events later in 2017/2018; please register your interest if appropriate.

An Introduction to Holistic Management with specific focus on Financial and Grazing Planning

with Tony McQuail, and Rob Havard

Co-sponsored by Holistic Management International (HMI)Holistic management international

16th-18th January, 2017, Three Parishes Village Hall, Grafton Flyford, Worcestershire, WR7 4PG

Would you like to increase the health and productivity of your land and animals?

As a farmer or land manager you know that one of your greatest assets is the land you work with, and managing that land can be tough due to weather conditions, environmental pressures and high input costs, and farming is still a business.  This course was designed to help you regenerate your land for better soil health, bio-diversity, productivity and profitability through the practice of Holistic Planned Grazing and Holistic Financial Planning.  We know that to create a sustainable, healthy agricultural enterprise, you need to run it like a business and we've created this course to give both new and experienced farmers and land managers the knowledge and tools they need to do just that.

Holistic Management is a farm planning and decision making process developed to help farmers and land managers achieve a triple bottom line of healthy land, people and profits. It has a full toolbox of planning resources to help farmers reach this goal. In this three day workshop we will be focusing on the Financial Planning and Planned Grazing systems and will highlight the key features of each which make them so effective.

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