Tue, 10 Jan|
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
Time & Location
10 Jan, 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.
- 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
- 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
- Windbreaks & windbreak theory
- Alleycropping, riparian buffers
- Keyline Agroforestry
- 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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