Fundamentals of Soil Workshop with Dr. Christine Jones – SOLD OUT

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Learn about the fundamentals of soil with one of the world’s most renowned soil ecologists – Dr. Christine Jones

NOTS are delighted to be working with Dr Jones, who adds this unique, once-off 2-day course to her appearance at BioFarm 2019. The two-day workshop will cover the basics of soil function, including soil carbon dynamics and the links between carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, trace elements, soil structure, and water. This is the first (and potentially ONLY) time a course like this will be run in Ireland. We expect spaces to fill up quickly, so sign up ASAP to confirm your spot.

Dates: October 30th & 31st (10.00am – 5.00pm)

Venue: Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois, and Clondarrig Farm (John McHugh), Portlaoise R32 XV97

Cost: €140 (Includes hot lunch on both days) for NOTS Members.

Accommodation: Please note: We have a limited number of special price rooms reserved in the Midlands Park Hotel for October 30th. Please call us on 071 9640688 to avail of these rates.

Course topics / Learning outcomes:

By understanding biological mechanisms, especially the role of plant root exudates and their relationship with the microbial communities involved in soil building, farmers will be empowered to increase plant productivity.

Regenerative cropping and grazing practices and how these can contribute not only to enhanced soil health but also to improved animal/human nutrition and economic bottom lines will be explored.

There will be a farm walk on John McHugh’s farm after lunch on Thursday October 31st where you will see a lot of what Dr Jones will be discussing being put into practice.

About the Trainer:

Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally renowned and highly respected groundcover and soils ecologist. She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management techniques that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate soil nutrient cycles, restore water balance, improve productivity and create new topsoil.

Christine has organised and participated in workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, Central America, and the USA and has a strong publication and presentation record.

Christine received a Community Fellowship Award from Land and Water Australia in 2001. The LWA Community Fellowship Program provides recognition to individuals with an outstanding track record in mobilising and inspiring the community to better manage their land, water, and vegetation.

Read more about Dr. Jones via her website


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