Course date This course will be running again in March 2018. If you'd like us to contact you with course dates please email us at email@example.com
Course tutor Dan Powell Dan is an organic farmer in Devon and one of the drivers of the LandBase initiative. He has been practising organic forms of land use in various European countries since 1982! Over this time he has developed a deep relationship with the soil that has been influenced by Bio-Dynamics, Organics, Permaculture and traditional soil science. From these perspectives he has come to view soil as a familiar and dependable friend and holds the opinion that the relationship we have with the soil is generally under-valued and requires nurture.
Course detail This course is designed for those who want to gain a deeper relationship with soils that they encounter. Whether they are used for growing food, developing a beautiful garden or supporting grazing or crops for animals, we rely on soils to provide us with stability and security for us and generations to come. What are our soils made of and how did they come to be? How do we get to know our soils better and how they fit in to the ecology of the natural world around us? Once we have laid the foundations for building a deeper relationship with our soils, only then we can develop plans for feeding and nurturing them to ensure this relationship endures into the future. Ideal for farmers and gardeners or those who always wanted to know more about the secrets of their soils but are daunted by a more scientific approach.
1. What kind of soil does I have on my land? Warm, cold, dry or wet. 2. Understanding my soil in relation to minerals, chemistry, water and air. Clays, Sands and Silts. Pores and drains! 3. Understanding my soil in relation to the biology within the soil. Meeting family soil. 4. Getting to know soils by getting our hands dirty! Digging and delving. Understanding the concept and practice developing a sense for soil quality. 5. Options for improving our relationship to our soils. Manuring, cultivation, building and protecting fertility. 6. Current approaches to improving our soils for the future. Organic, Bio-Dynamic, Permaculture, Regen Ag methods, Bio-char and Glomalin. Please bring outdoor clothes, waterproof clothing and foot-ware and if possible a spade. Bring a sample of a soil you like (1kg max!) in a plastic container with you if you can.
Course prices: £80.00 - 1 day including lunch £150.00 - 2 days including lunches £190.00 - 2 days including accommodation* & lunches
*If you would like to book accommodation the night before the course please contact Monkton Wyld Court directly on firstname.lastname@example.org