Practical Intro to Biological Farming – Roscommon

This workshop will cover:

• Key principles of biological farming
• The Soil Food Web, in a condensed and practical format
• Soil chemical analysis & how to interpret lab reports
• Visual assessment of soil

Followed by a practical demonstration of how to do:

• Visual evaluation of soil structure
• Use refractometer, sap pH & conductivity meter
• Water infiltration test
• Earthworm counts
• Penetrometer (compaction) test


Dave Beecher


Kilbride Community Centre, Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon.

Farm Walk Location TBC. (You will be sent an Eircode once location is confirmed.)


€60 for eligible members

Proposed Schedule

  • 09:30 Welcome and general introduction.
  • 10:00 Key principles of biological farming
  • 10.15 Introduction to the Soil Food Web.
  • 11.15 Break
  • 11:30 Soil chemical analysis & how to interpret lab reports
  • 12.30 Visual Soil Assessment.
  • 13:00 Lunch.
  • 14:00 Farm walk and practical demonstration
  • 16:30 Q&A.
  • 17.00 Finish

Prep Material

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


Soil Micro-organisms and their functions (USDA)

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

Soil and Earthworm Field Guide (OPAL)


How to do an earthworm count (OPAL)

What to bring

  • Soil samples of your best and worst soil (15cm x 15cm x15cm deep, see SRUC guide for info on sample size).
  • Pen, notebook and appropriate clothing for farm walk.
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