Agricology Field Days 2019
We are excited to be hosting our Agricology Field Days 2019 in conjunction with WWF!
Come and see agroecology in practice, with farmers and researchers sharing knowledge and experiences in the field. These events are being kindly sponsored by WWF. Join us for a farm walk, a bite to eat and talk to people innovating with agroecological solutions. For more details on how to book tickets and to find an event near you see below.
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1. Talking Diverse Pastures – SOLD OUT
30th July: Rob Havard, Worcestershire
Diverse pastures: win-win for livestock health, wildlife and your pocket! Come and join us in the field as part of the Agriology Field Days to share ideas and experiences on low-input livestock, diverse pastures and initial findings from research trials on the farm.
Rob Havards’ pedigree Angus suckler herd graze on diverse natural pastures, including 80ha of wildflower meadows. He is using grazing techniques that are based on recreating natural processes; this allows him to grow healthier cattle for less money whilst leaving the land in better condition. He finds the stock thrive on diverse pastures which provide all their needs and is able to fatten all stock from grass and natural herbs alone. Populations of wild birds are increasing and more wildflowers are being introduced each year from local wildlife reserves.
Read more about Rob Havard’s farm
(Key agroecological practices: Herbal leys, low input livestock, holistic planned grazing, flower- rich meadows, Approach: Organic, System: Livestock)
2. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Biological Control
14th August, Joe Rolfe, Norfolk
Want to learn more about IPM and biological control? Join us in the field for a discussion and farm walk on 14th August 2019 with Joe Rolfe, who will be sharing his passions on the potential of beneficial insects in field-scale horticulture.
For the past few years he has been sowing wildflower strips in field-scale horticulture as part of the Environmental Stewardship Scheme, and wildlife strips around the outside of the fields. He has also been introducing beneficial insects into the strips on a weekly basis. In the past he has conducted a number of trials including using crop covers to trap predators within the crops and exclude pests. The horticulture enterprise is part of a 7-year rotation within an arable and dairy enterprise. Diversity is key in an IPM approach with clover leys providing a key function in weed control. The benefits are clear and there is no blackgrass in the arable part of the rotation despite there being no use of herbicide.
We will have time to explore all the enterprises across the rotation and also to learn about how to identify pests and their natural enemies, and how to encourage them in the field.
To read more about Joe Rolfe’s farm Click Here
(Key agroecological practices: IPM, biological control, pollen and nectar strips, Approach: Organic, System: Horticulture / Arable / Livestock)