Event Category: Farm Walks

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.

Farm Walk: Unlock the Hidden Value of Your Soils

Unlock the hidden value of your soils and how they can work for you. Come along to this event to find out more about how soil management generates business benefits and can reduce costs. 

Soils are a fundamentally important part of our farms and are key to building resilience and profit.  At this farm event come along and dig deeper into soil assessments – focussing on:

  • how to test soils for carbon and soil health
  • how building carbon can help to build profits. 
  • how to reduce inputs on the farm without impacting on yield. 

When: Friday 28th January 2022, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Location: James Kittow Butcher and Grazier, Kilhallon Farm, PL24 2RL

(Refreshments and pasty lunch provided).

Please note, Westcountry Rivers Trust can offer free support though the StARR Project, including:

  • Free soil condition assessments including infiltration tests, worm counts and slake tests to look at aggregate stability in water
  • Free loan of soil compaction testing equipment
  • Free soil organic carbon testing
  • Advice on tree planting schemes with grant payments for planting and ongoing maintenance
  • Small capital grants available for on farm water management

How to book:

To book your place, please contact Becky Willson, becky.willson@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk and Matt Healey: matt@wrt.org.uk / 07896993071.

Farm Net Zero: Farm Walk at Blable Farm

Date: Tuesday, 5th October

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: what 3 words: zones.irony.flank / Blable Farm, St Issey, Wadebridge PL27 7RF

We have teamed up with the Robert’s family to address the potential of reaching carbon net zero on the beef and arable farm. Mike and his son Sam will lead a farm walk to showcase their high quality beef herd.

Further details about Blable Farm can be found here but key areas for discussion on the day will be:

  • Out wintering stock on diverse covers
  • Compost bedding
  • Bespoke herbal mixtures for high quality beef

To book yourself a place, and lunch, please register here.

Farm Walk with Soil Farmer of the Year runner up Anthony Pearce

Come to the farm walk to find out more about Anthony Pearce’s award winning soil management. 

Anthony farms in Buckinghamshire and is in the process of transitioning the farm to a regenerative approach. Focussing on building soil health by stacking enterprises, including diverse rotations and improving nutrient use efficiency were some of the reasons why Anthony has been recognised in this year’s competition.  The farm walk will start at 6.30 and provide a good opportunity to hear more about soil management on this farm.

The event will take place outside and refreshments will be provided.

Booking for this walk is essential – to book your place please contact Becky Willson at becky.willson@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk or by phone / text at 07875 356611.

Venue: Moat Farm, Marsh Lane, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, HP22 5UZ

Event date: Monday, July 12, 2021 – 18:30 to 20:45

Farm Walk with the Arable Soil Farmer of the Year Tom Sewell

Come along and find out why Tom Sewell has been awarded this year’s top prize in the Soil Farmer of the Year competition!  

Tom farms around 500ha across Kent running a simple low cost arable system focussing on building soil health, maintaining production and regenerating the landscape. An early pioneer of reduced cultivation, Tom’s Nuffield scholarship in 2013 ignited his enthusiasm in soil health and the system has grown from strength to strength. 

This walk will be a chance to hear more about Tom’s soil management, cropping, rotation and cultivation strategy as well as to have a walk around the farm and dig deeper into his soils and transition.  

The walk will start at 6.30pm.  Tea / coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Due to the COVID restrictions we are limiting numbers on the farm walk to 30 people, as such, it is important to book your place on the walk by contacting Becky Willson at becky.willson@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk or by phone / text on 07875 356611.

VENUE: Warnham Farm, Hunt Street, West Farleigh, ME15 0ND.

Event date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – 17:30 to 21:15

Farm Walk with Livestock Soil Farmer of the Year Sam Vincent

Come along and learn more about why Sam has been awarded livestock Soil Farmer of the Year 2021.

Sam Vincent farms 130ha in Dorset, running a dairy herd of 100 cows and followers. He transitioned to organic in May 2018, and all of his land is down to permanent pasture. Sam impressed the judges with his ability to make a regenerative system work on a dairy farm with permanent pasture. Using the cattle as a tool, he has improved the diversity in his pastures by adapting his grazing management from a traditional New Zealand paddock grazing system to a mob grazing approach which he follows now. This has improved his soil health, the resilience of his fields and the ability to provide grazing for extended periods.

Sam will be hosting a farm walk on the 22nd July starting at 6.30pm. The event will be run in a COVID secure manner, and as such although the event is free to attend, booking is essential. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to hear more from Sam about his grazing system, youngstock management, maintaining diversity in permanent pastures and much more. Don’t miss out, book your place today!

Venue: Rookery Farm, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset, DT96JA

Date: Thursday 22nd July, 6.30pm.

Book your place by contacting Becky on 07875 356611 or by email on becky.willson@farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk