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Improving Soil Health on Horticulture Operations: London

  • Hawkwood Nursery 115 Hawkwood Crescent, London, E4 7UH (map)

With Niels Corfield

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Apply the soil health principles to transform your soil into a crumbly, friable state that's easy to work & produces healthy crops.

A one-day course on promoting and preserving soil health, using problem-based learning.

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The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What's more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today.

Think differently about the “farming problem”, and find solutions that work for you in your situation.

• Cash crops, cover crops, cultivation, amendments, propagation, composting etc.
• Rotation planning for reduced work & better crops.
• Road testing novel practices on your operation with minimal disruption.
• Simple testing methods to monitor soil health and measure success.

Who is this course for?
• Market gardeners
• Commercial growers
• Nursery workers
• Horticulture managers
• Apprentices, trainee growers

Niels Corfield has been working to deliver a truly sustainable food system for over 10 years.
He is an advisor, researcher, educator, designer, grower and nurseryman. Working to create sustainable/regenerative landscapes, farms and spaces in the UK and Europe. He is focussed on agroecological systems that are low maintenance and productive. He advises and consults on: soil health, agroforestry, planned grazing and setting-up on-farm crop trials.

Organiclea is a community food project based in the Lea Valley in north-east London. They produce and distribute food and plants locally, and inspire and support others to do the same. With a workers’ cooperative at their core, they bring people together to take action towards a more just and sustainable society.
The site is an excellent example of how commercial growing can work at scale in a periurban situation, using stock-free organic methods.