BioFarm 2020

NOTS highly-anticipated BioFarm Conference will take place online across November 9th – 13th 2020.

With the current uncertainty around in-person events, the decision has been made to move BioFarm 2020 to a completely online / interactive Conference. The event will take place across 5 days from Monday to Friday 9th – 13th November, from 3pm – 9pm.

Each day of the conference will have a specific theme centred around Biological / Regenerative Farming, and will feature a mix of Irish and international farming experts.

Each day, there will be a blend of live-streamed presentations from experts, roundtable in-person panel discussions, and interactive question and answer sessions.

Ticket Options:
Participants will have the opportunity of purchasing a full 5-day ticket, or individual tickets for each day.

  • 5-day All-Access Ticket – €50 – on sale now
    - 5-DAY TICKET - €50
  • 1-day tickets – €15 – on sale from October 1st
  • 5-day ticket for international / overseas delegates – €80 – please email info@nots.ie for information on how to sign up as an overseas delegate.

 

Speakers Confirmed:
NOTS have confirmed 4 acclaimed and highly-respected international speakers so far. More will be announced in the coming weeks, along with the day-by-day schedule breakdown.

Gabe Brown:
Gabe Brown is one of the most widely-revered and celebrated farmers in the field of  Regenerative Agriculture. In 1991, he took over a 1,760-acre farm outside Bismarck, North Dakota. Step by step, Gabe Brown included more Holistic Management and Regenerative practices. Today, he continues no-tilling, has added multi-species cover and companion crops, and has become an innovator in managed grazing techniques that allow most of his pastures a year of recovery time between feeding periods. Almost 30 years later, Brown runs a highly successful 5000 acre ranch. His acclaimed book Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture tells his story and is designed to be a guide for others.

Allan Savory:
Founder and President of the Savory Institute, Allan Savory is the pioneer and originator behind Holistic Management, and a worldwide leader on the principles of regenerative agriculture. Born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa, Mr Savory progressed the ideas of a systems thinking approach to managing land resources using livestock. He received  the 2003 Banksia International Award, and noted farmer Joel Salatin wrote, “History will vindicate Allan Savory as one of the greatest ecologists of all time.”

Dr Christine Jones:
Keynote speaker at last year’s BioFarm conference, Dr Jones has worked for decades with innovative farmers – including the DANÚ Group in Ireland for the past 18 months. Native of Australia, Dr Jones has a distinguished record of implementing regenerative practices to enhance soils, biodiversity, nutrient cycling, water quality, and community and agricultural health. Dr Jones’ speech at BioFarm 2019 was widely praised by the Irish audience in Portlaoise last November.

Nicole Masters:
New Zealand-born Nicole Masters is an independent agroecologist, systems thinker and educator. Nicole is recognized as a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker on the topic of soil health, and supports farmers in taking their operations to the next level in nutrient density, profitability and environmental outcomes. She is one of a growing number of people who are facilitating a rapidly expanding world of quality food production and biological economies.

Richard Perkins:
Richard Perkins is an innovative market garden farmer, internationally regarded teacher and influencer, and a Regenerative Agriculture expert. He is author of the internationally acclaimed manual Regenerative Agriculture and Making Small Farms Work.​ He has worked professionally in every major climate zone across several continents consulting to projects, farms and industry, and is known for his pragmatic no-nonsense approach to profitable system design. Richard is now primarily focused at his home Ridgedale Farm AB in Värmland, Sweden.

Hamish Bielski:
Hamish Bielski farms on 700 acres in South Otago, New Zealand with his wife Amy and their three children. It is their fifth year into the venture. They have run an integrated sheep, beef and arable operation for the initial years but are heading down the path of using regenerative farming principles and have decided to run 2300 breeding sheep, 200 trading cattle and no more cropping. Their vision is to reach the potential of the land, ecosystems, well being and bank balance. Hamish believes regenerative farming can provide the answers to sustainability in agriculture.

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