Tickets now on Sale! Agricology Field Days

Event date: 
Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 2:00pm to Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - 11:00pm

Event date: 
Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 2:00pm to Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - 11:00pm

We are excited to announce the launch of our Agricology Field Days 2019!

Come and see agroecology in practice, with farmers and researchers sharing knowledge and experiences in the field. 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. Diversity in action: Intercropping, companion cropping and cover crops

11th July, Andy Howard, Bockhanger Farm, Kent

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Want to learn more about diversity? As part of the Agricology Field Days 2019, this is your opportunity to join us in the field with Andy Howard on Bockhanger Farm on 11th July for a discussion and farm walk on all things related to intercropping, companion cropping and cover crops.

Following his Nuffield Scholarship, Andy Howard set himself the target to reduce inputs by 50% over 5 years and he is well on his way to achieving that! Over the last 5 years he has been experimenting with intercrops and companion crop mixtures. He is enthusiastic about enhancing the beneficial interactions between plants for multiple benefits, including pest and disease management, supressing weeds, providing scaffolding, enhancing soil and plant health; to build a more sustainable and resilient system through diversity. Andy has been no till since circa 2010 and also has leys, cover crops and undersown clovers in his system.  

Come and see this year’s plant teams pairings / combinations including Peas-oats-SOSR, Beans-Oats, Linseed-Oats and Lentils-linseed. Some of these mixtures are part of field scale trials in collaboration with Innovative Farmers, Organic Research Centre and PGRO.

This Field Day is being hosted in partnership with Innovative Farmers and DiverIMPACTS.Key agroecological practices: Intercropping, companion / cover crops, leys, no till

Read more about Andy Howard's farm

(Key agroecological practices: Intercropping, companion / cover crops, leys, no till, Approach: Conservation Agriculture, System: Arable)

 

2. Talking Diverse Pastures

30th July: Rob Havard, Worcestershire

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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)

 

3. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Biological Control

14th August, Joe Rolfe, Norfolk

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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.

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(Key agroecological practices: IPM, biological control, pollen and nectar strips, Approach: Organic, System: Horticulture / Arable / Livestock)