Soil Health 16th June Donegal

NOTS bring to you an exciting full day intensive course featuring Soil Heath by Dave Beecher (16/06/18) at John Duffys Farm, An Caora Dubh, Glendowan, Donegal.

Soil Health

We need to create a deeper understanding about our soils in order to regenerate our own health and the health of the planet.

This course will cover:

  • The basics of The Soil Food Wed, in a condense and practical format
  • How cultivation, fertilizers and chemical sprays impact soil biology
  • How the nutritional quality of food and our own health are affected.
  • Look at the various composting techniques, focusing on hot/thermophilic composting
  • Application of compost extracts and teas
  • How to use a microscope to assess soil biology (practical demonstration)
  • Highlighting practical examples that are happening in Ireland and around the world.

Schedule

9:00 Arrival.

9:30 Welcome and general introduction.

10:00 Introduction to the Soil Food Web.

10.30 How agriculture impacts soil biology.

11:00 Visual Soil Assessment.

11:45 Composting, compost extract and teas.

13:00 Lunch.

14:00 Microscope demonstration & soil biological assessment

15.15 Break

15:30 Practical examples

16:30 Q&A.

17.00 Finish

Location:

  • 16th of June 2018 at John Duffys An Caora Dubh, Glendowan, Co. Donegal. http://ancaoradubh.ie

Prep Material

To get the most out of the course you are asked to read and watch the following.

Read

Soil Micro-organisms and their functions (USDA)

Review (recommended that you print and laminate these for your own use):

http://www.sruc.ac.uk/info/120625/visual_evaluation_of_soil_structure

Soil and Earthworm Field Guide (OPAL)

Watch

How to do an earthworm count (OPAL)

Preparing a soil sample to view under a microscope

What to bring

Soil samples (see SRUC guide for info on sample size) of your best and worst soil. We will pick the best and worst sample from the group and see what they look like under the microscope. Pen, notebook and appropriate clothing for a potential field walk if time/weather allows.

Price

Full cost of the course is €80 less 25% Skillnet funding if eligible which leaves the cost at €60pp payable directly to NOTS. (Please note Lunch will be included on the day)

PLEASE INDICATE IN THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FIELD IF YOU HAVE ANY SPEACIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENT SUCH AS VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN.

 

Learning Outcomes

Trainees will get a greater understanding of what happens beneath your feet and how this knowledge can be used to increase crop production.

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