Event Category: Farm Net Zero

Erth Barton Summer Farm Tour


The event will be hosted by Farm Net Zero Demonstration Farmer, Tim
Williams. Lunch will be provided, so booking is essential.

Tim’s field walk and discussion will cover:

  • The population wheat sown into a permanent diverse ley understory
  • Adaptive multi-paddock grazing
  • Getting to net zero – the latest on soil organic matter sequestration

To book your place, contact Hannah Jones (Hannah.jones@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk)
or Stefan Marks (stefan.marks@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk)

Holistic Worm Management and the Role of Dung Beetles

Matt and Pip Smith will provide a detailed overview of how they optimise flock health and productivity through breeding, animal screening, sward management and rotation.

Tim Bebbington of Castle Veterinary Group will discuss sustainable wormer use using Matt and Pip’s flock as a case study.

Entomologist Sally-Ann Spence from the Oxford Natural History Museum will talk about dung beetles and their role in soil health and reducing parasite burden.

Lunch will be provided.

Location

The event will be hosted by Farm Net Zero Monitor Farmers, Matt and Pip Smith.

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How to book

To book your place, contact Stefan Marks or Alex Bebbington (Stefan.marks@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk) (alex.bebbington@duchy.ac.uk).

Royal Cornwall Show

The Farm Net Zero team will be at the Royal Cornwall Show – do come and say hello. You can find us at stand number 236 where we look forward to meeting you.

The show is Cornwall’s biggest annual event and is brim-full of exhibit, activities, entertainment and information about food and farming and Cornwall.

Field vegetables in rotation – best practices for soil health

The event will be hosted by Farm Net Zero Demonstration Farmer, Andrew Brewer.

Lunch will be provided.

This Lottery-funded Farm Net Zero event will integrate the ELMS Test and Trial project work of Jan Dinsdale (Cornwall Wildlife Trust), and perspectives from James Wimpress (Environment Agency) and Ashley Taylor (Duchy of Cornwall).

The field walk and discussion will cover:

  • Soil health and soil carbon in rotation with respect to Net Zero
  • The challenges and opportunities in growing field vegetables in a profitable rotation
  • Best practice rotations, including the integration of livestock
  • Future opportunities for increasing on farm sustainability

To book your place, contact Stefan Marks: stefan@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk.

Let’s Talk About Grass

James Daniel of Precision Grazing Ltd. will be discussing how to make the most out of your grass. He will detail how to optimise grass management and improve grazing efficiency using Ben’s paddocks as a case study.

This event will highlight ways to:

  • Eliminate bought in feed and fertiliser
  • Improve soil health
  • Increase resilience of your farming system

Lunch will be provided.

Location

The event will be hosted by Farm Net Zero Monitor Farmer, Ben Thomas: Treveddoe Farm, Warleggan, PL30 4HF.

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How to book

To book your place, contact Stefan Marks (stefan@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk) or Alex Bebbington (alex.bebbington@duchy.ac.uk).

Getting the most from winter grazed  cover crops

This event will be based around the trial results for winter 2021-2022 from three Farm Net Zero farms.

The field walk will cover results for:

  • Forage quality
  • Forage yield
  • Soil health
  • Soil quality; and
  • A discussion on grazed winter cover crops within the rotation.

Location

The event will be hosted by Malcolm and Catherine Barrett of Tregooden Farm.
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The post code takes you to a neighbouring farm so continue up the hill 100 yards to Tregooden
entrance.
The trial seed was supplied by South West Seeds Ltd. and the forage analysis funded by FAB Farmers.

How to book

To book your place, contact Hannah Jones (Hannah.jones@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk) or Alex Bebbington (alex.bebbington@duchy.ac.uk).

Carbon calculators for dairy farms: why are they all different?

You are invited to come along and find out more about carbon calculation for dairy farms and dig a little deeper into the accounting process and where the differences are.

This workshop run as part of the Farm Net Zero project will use real farm data and showcase the results of different carbon calculators to provide a discussion point to look at how carbon calculators work on farm.

Areas for discussion will be:

  • The inclusion of sequestration – is soil carbon accounted for?
  • Farm scale or product level – what impact does it make?
  • How to use carbon tools to evaluate the impact of management change
  • How do carbon calculators align to future standards and requirements for ELMS

Booking is essential – please contact becky.willson@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk or alex.bebbington@duchy.ac.uk to book your place.

Date: Monday 17 January 2021, 11am – 1pm, with lunch afterwards.

Venue: Port and Starboard restaurant, Chapel Road, Indian Queens, Saint Columb, TR9 6JZ

Farm Net Zero for vegetable production

A workshop aimed at farmers and growers.

Meet at the Real Food Garden, Trelowarth, Inches, Bodmin PL30 5LR for a tour, and then reconvene at St Wenn Village Hall for discussion and lunch.

Time: 10.30 – 13.30

Lunch will be provided  

Details

Amelia Lake of the Real Food Garden will discuss her vegetable production system, the challenges, the opportunities and how to sequester carbon whilst running an economically viable vegetable production system.

At this event, the Farm Net Zero team will host a discussion about:

  • Carbon accounting for vegetables
  • Nutrient management
  • Cover cropping
  • Soil health
  • The Field Lab for composting

We will launching this horticultural forum, and participants will have the opportunity to steer this group over the next 4 years.

Booking essential:

To book your place, contact Hannah Jones (Hannah.jones@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk) or Alex Bebbington (alex.bebbington@duchy.ac.uk).

Soil Carbon: New developments and guidance on sampling and testing

PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

A workshop aimed at farm advisors, agronomists, consultants and trainers. 

Lunch will be provided  

Details

With an increasing appreciation of the critical role and value of soil to our farm net zero ambitions comes a need for more effective measurement of soil carbon levels.

At this event, experts working on the Soil Carbon project will present new insights and recommendations including sampling to account for in-field variations, protocols for monitoring change over time and guidance on the practicalities associated with laboratory testing methods.

We will also be launching our Soil Carbon Field and Laboratory Guide.

With:

  • Becky Willson (Farm Carbon Toolkit)
  • Prof. Paul Harris (Rothamsted Research)
  • Prof. Andy Neal (Rothamsted Research)
  • Jasper Newman (Plymouth University)
  • Tom Tolputt (Southwest Farm Consultants)

To book your place, contact Stephen Roderick (s.roderick@cornwall.ac.uk) or Alex Bebbington (alex.bebbington@duchy.ac.uk).

Part-funded by the Agritech Cornwall project.

Becoming nutrient dense ready: Introduction to measuring crop quality

Are you interested in understanding more about the link between nutrient dense food and soil health?

Would you like to learn practically how you can measure nutrient density in your crops?

Come along to this practical half day workshop to learn more about how to meaures and understand crop quality based on nutrient density and realise the potential to increase crop quality, save costs, and add value to the food that you produce.

This course will cover:

  • Background to the concept of nutrient density, how it can be measured using affordable hand-held tools and what this tells us about supporting natural ecosystems, including increased carbon sequestration and biodiversity, and the potential to increase health of animals and people
  • Practise using a hand-held Brix Refractometer to measure crop nutrient density
  • Take part in a taste testing session to deepen your understanding of the relationship between high and low values of nutrient density, and how this relates to healthy soil  
  • Learn about the Bionutrient Food Association’s Real Food Campaign (USA) and development of their Bionutrient Meter to empower farmers, growers and food citizens to select nutrient dense food. Also, how their database is showing nutrient variation within the same crop to help increase our understanding of what crop quality is in relation to soil health and growing practices

The course is being run as part of the Farm Net Zero project and will be led by Matthew Adams from the Growing Real Food for Nutrition organisation. The course is open to horticulltural growers and numbers are limited, so book your place today.

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