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Tue, 10 Jan

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Cookstown

Whole Farm Planning with Niels Corfield

You will learn the principles of whole farm planning; 1. how to understand the criteria for selecting appropriate equipment & infrastructure 2. how to minimise capital expenditure by selecting flexible infrastructure 3. save time and facilitate adaptive pasture management

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Whole Farm Planning with Niels Corfield
Whole Farm Planning with Niels Corfield

Time & Location

10 Jan 2023, 09:30 – 17:00

Cookstown, 33 Lower Kildress Rd, Cookstown BT80 9RN, UK

About the event

Create a basic whole farm design for your business with sustainable farming advisor, Niels Corfield.

Objectives

  • Learn the principles of whole farm planning
  • Understand the criteria for selecting appropriate equipment & infrastructure
  • Minimise capital expenditure by selecting flexible infrastructure
  • Save time and facilitate adaptive pasture management

Topics

  • Whole farm planning principles
  • Hedge management for function & biodiversity
  • Trees on farms & agroforestry
  • Surface water capture & redistribution
  • Water - Infrastructure & layout
  • Fencing - temporary/permanent
  • Access - tracks, gates etc
  • Yards & materials handling
  • Nutrient/manure management - composting, deep bedding etc
  • Monitoring & data gathering
  • Trials & feedback - exclusion cages, split-field treatments etc
  • Designing & design processes
  • Maps and mapping tools: field boundaries, field margin, OS, Drones etc
  • Surveying & mapping existing: features, vegetation and site conditions
  • Microclimates & climate: prevailing winds, seasonal inundation etc
  • Thinking tools for selecting best-fit options on your farm
  • Setting goals & objectives
  • Design portfolio presentation

Topography and Landform

  • Contours & mapping principles
  • Reading the landscape

Agroforestry systems

  • Windbreaks & windbreak theory
  • Alleycropping, riparian buffers
  • Keyline Agroforestry

Agroforestry Design

  • Planting pattern, orientation, spacings
  • Tree species selection

What to bring

  • Packed lunch
  • Notebook, pens etc
  • Camera/smartphone (optional)
  • Boots & clothing for a farm walk

Who is Niels Corfield?

Niels Corfield has been working to deliver a truly regenerative food system for over 15 years. He is an advisor, researcher, educator, designer & tree nurseryman.

Working to create agroecological landscapes and farms in the UK and Europe he is focused on systems that are low maintenance and productive. He advises and consults on: soil health, planned grazing, agroforestry, and whole farm planning. He helps transition farm operations, through an inclusive/participatory approach.

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