Dave is delivering two 'Stewarding Our Soil' workshops; the first on 28th January at Sandy Lane Farm, Oxfordshire, and the second on 30th January at West Town Farm, near Exeter.
He is also delivering some talks in Somerset and Devon.
Dave grew up on his Grandmother's dairy farm in Co. Cork, Ireland, which later became a suckler herd. After a career in structural engineering, spanning Ireland, Australia and Canada, he spent a year working in International Disaster Relief during which he realised that he wanted to address the issues at a causal rather than symptomatic level so he returned to Ireland to immerse himself back in agriculture, but taking a regenerative approach to mitigate both carbon emissions and the impact of climate change as well as addressing general human and environmental health.
Dave has studied with/worked alongside Zach Wright, completed Hugh Lovell's advanced course, and the 5-day course with Jairo Restrepo at Ragman's Lane Farm (Biofertilisers and a lot more), has completed a year long course with Jim Cronin in Market Gardening, is just completing Elaine Ingham's 'Life in the Soil' course, and naturally has explored much other related material too.
He is a member of the Danú Farming Group which has been awarded funding through the European Innovation Partnership programme and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Ireland to carry out a 5-year Biological Farming Transition Programme.
The thrust of this project is to develop clear, workable guidelines for a transition programme to biological farming based on a sound understanding of soil structure, chemistry, biology and plant nutrition. These guidelines will lead to successful and cost-effective transition programmes to develop and maintain high levels of soil biological function that will facilitate the production of nutrient dense food, feed and forages. In addition, where soil biology is functioning at an optimum level carbon sequestration potential is significantly increased. Transition programmes developed must be practical, affordable and capable of implementation by any interested farmer.
"It is no exaggeration to say that yesterday was the beginning of the biggest changes on my family's farm since we converted to organic. Your presentation was inspiring. My view of not only what I feed the soil and my cows, but also my family has been transformed."
"I found your presentation dynamic, engaging and informative. I think everyone in the room really benefitted from it."
"Thanks for such a well put together talk that both educated and entertained."
"It is another piece in the jigsaw which makes the picture that bit clearer."
"This chap is the business. Makes soil biology interesting and organic fertility practical plus easy to understand"