Agricology was created to encourage the exchange of information about practical, sustainable farming. We recognise that this is best achieved by pulling on the wellies and getting into the field, so we are holding our first Open Day!
Since we launched the website in November last year, we have been steadily expanding the breadth and variety of information on the site through our resource library, farmer profiles, blog and news. To provide this information we have been building on alliances with our partner organisations, farmers and growers, and other key players in the industry.
The uniqueness and strength of Agricology lies in the fact that we represent diverse farming approaches through the uniting of science, research and practical experience. We work with organisations and farmers to profile agroecological principles and practices that can be applied in the field representing integrated conventional farming, conservation agriculture, organic, biodynamic, permaculture and agroforestry. We put aside the stigma of labels to share practical information and experiences from all approaches.
Our aim is to encourage approaches to food production and land management that enhance and protect the environment, and are sustainable and profitable in the long term. Agricology is driven by a multi-partner approach. The website is guided by a steering group of leading figures from the UK agricultural sector and encourages information exchange amongst farmers, their advisers and scientists.
The Open Day, hosted on Trustee Carole Bamford’s farm in Gloucestershire, aims to build on this and will cover various aspects of sustainable farm and land management. Talks, organised around a farm tour, will include topics such as: dairying; diverse cropping systems; renewables; soil health; pest management; reduced tillage; conservation grazing; animal health; and Countryside Stewardship. There will be a variety of speakers from organisations such as Defra, Natural England, the GWCT’s Allerton Project, Innovation for Agriculture, Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF), FAI Farms, Innovative Farmers, the Organic Research Centre, and Fit for the Future.
The day will provide an opportunity to discuss concepts and practices, linked to information hosted on our site, and will show how they can be applied practically. There will be important take-home messages about sustainable farming for land owners and managers, farmers and horticulturists. Please do explore the site and come along to the open day. All are welcome!
Here are the details you need to know:
The Open Day will be held on Tuesday 28th June 2016 at Daylesford Organic Farm, Near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG, from 9.30am until 4.30pm. A delicious lunch and refreshments are included in the price of £35 per person.
Pre-booking is essential. To book a place follow the link here
Alternatively contact Philippa on Philippa.Lane@daylesford.com, or call 01608731700.