Carbon Calling

Date : 9th September 2023 - 10th September 2023 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue : Sleastonhow, Kirkby Thore, Penrith, CA10 1LX

The pioneering on-farm conference Carbon Calling returns to Cumbria for 2023 and is set to be bigger and better than ever!

Headlining the chat will be Jaime Elizondo from Real Wealth Ranching and a host of other speakers who will be talking the good stuff.

Organisers Liz and Nic describe the conference as rustic chic – set in a drafty barn, with loads of tea in proper mugs and a cracking line up of speakers.  It’s the perfect combination of farmers sharing ideas, beer, food, chat and beers.

The main conference is on Saturday 9th September, with workshops on Sunday 10th September.

You can find more information and book your tickets here and here

See headline speaker Jaime Elizondo’s new resource on the Agricology site here

Carbon calling

Friday 8th

September Gathering

4.00 pm Registration opens

Wild camp site available (tickets available)

7.00 pm Bring your own meat for a BBQ and bar opens (PFL session)

7.30 pm Propping up the bar – Opportunity to share your experiences with other farmers in the bar

Remember to bring musical instruments

Saturday 9th

September Main Conference

8 am Registration opens

Lakeland Valley Wagyu food stand – breakfast available to purchase

9.30 am Welcome and opening – Liz Genever and Nic Renison

9.40 am Bringing People Together – Chaired by Martin Lines (Nature Friendly Farming Network)

  • The importance of communicating outside farming – Sarah Langford, barrister and author
  • Connecting people to the land and its life – Matt Swarbrick, Henbant Permaculture

10.40 am Break

11 am Jaime Elizondo – Real Wealth Ranching

Jaime is a real rancher with over 30 years of experience on regenerating the land in North America and significantly improving profits in his and his students’ ranches in many different environments. His passion is helping ranchers regenerate their land the fastest while reaching maximum profitability

12.30 pm Lunch (with Janet from Langwathby Station Cafe)

Lunch is included in your ticket. There will be several sessions to look at during lunch:

  • Intro to dung beetles with Claire Whittle, LLM vets and Bruce Thompson
  • Agroforestry (with Pete from Woodland Trust)
  • Soil assessments with Chris Turner, Catchment Sensitive Farming
  • How to brew up teas and other soil amendments with Stuart Johnson, farmer from Hexham
  • Setting up a wormery with Anna de la Vega
  • Monitoring water quality by looking at riverflies – Andrew Green

2.00 pm After lunch chat with Michael Blanche

With Claire Whittle, Nikki Yoxall, Sarah Langford and Amy Hughes

3.00 pm Farmers helping other farmers – Chaired by Liz Genever

  • Helping other dairy farmers connect with different approaches – Bruce Thompson, dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar
  • We don’t need an agronomist, we need a biologist – Stuart Johnson, mixed farmer, Northumberland

3.45 pm Quick break

4.00 pm More than just Meat and Milk – Chaired by Nic Renison

  • Connecting people with farming – Jane Gray, Broomhouse Farm
  • Making cheese again in Nidderdale – Sally & Andrew Hatton
  • Making British pasture leather a success – Sara Grady

5.00 pm End of Presentations

6.00 pm

Lakeland Valley Wagyu food stand available to purchase tea

Cheese fest with Pasture for Life

Wild camp site available (tickets available)

6.30 pm Evening walk with Jaime Elizondo

This is an opportunity to do a farm walk with Jaime where he will talk about his approaches alongside the host farmer Tim Nicholson. Tim has been practising regenerative approaches for the last few years, including mob grazing and diverse leys

Sunday Workshops

Workshop with Jaime Elizondo – 8am – 12pm – Includes Lunch £120.00

Food Web with Ian Bell – 10am – 4pm – Includes lunch £60.00

Vermicomposting with Anna de la Vega – 10am – 4pm – includes lunch £60.00

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