‘Groundswell’, – The forum for farmers who want to grow and profit from a healthy soil

Groundswell, the agricultural show focused on no-till techniques, soil regeneration and the value of livestock in arable and mixed farming situations returns on 26-27thJune at Lannock Manor Farm, Hertfordshire.

Groundswell presents practical ideas on how to farm in the new environmental and political climate while regenerating your core asset – the soil.  It is an independent event featuring speakers, workshops and seminars; exhibitions from a wide range of innovative farming companies and field scale direct drill demonstrations.

Speakers: The show features a range of respected voices in regenerative agriculture, including: Allan Savory(Zim), Founder of The Savory Institute and world leader in Holistic Management; Charles Massy(Aus). Leader of Australia’s regenerative agriculture movement; Joel Williams, an independent soil advocate who unravels the links between healthy soils and plant health; Jay Fuhrer, (USA) a Soil Health Specialist employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Bismarck, North Dakota; Frédéric Thomas, (France), a leading proponent of Conservation Agriculture in France and around the world; Isabella Tree, Author of “Wilding” and responsible for the 3,500acre rewilding project at Knepp Estate in West Sussex.

Discussion Panels & Workshops include: The AHDB Soil Pit, the Affinity Water Catchment Hub, Agricology Discussion Tent, and new for 2019 – the ‘Food for Thought’ stream with panels on “How to beat the supermarket” and “Food and Health – Growing Connections”.

Direct Drill Demonstrationswill take place on both days, 12 machinery manufacturersillustrating seeding directly into standing cover crop with minimal soil disturbance.

 

Paul Cherry, Host Farmer: “The Government’s stated ambition for the future of food, farming and the environment is that public money will be spent on public goods that enhance natural capital. The new Environmental Land Management System will bring in a new era for farming.  For any farmer looking to adapt to this scenario whilst maintaining viability as a food producer, Groundswell is the place to be.”

“Groundswell is a unique agricultural show in the fact that you can spend a day learning the principles of Conservation Agriculture, whilst also engaging with the organisations who can help make it a reality. Groundswell offers a welcoming environment for two days of information exchange with some of the world’s most experienced “soil caretakers” – the farmers, scientists and the organisations who all have a role in shaping the future of UK

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.