Following his Nuffield Scholarship Andy set himself the target to reduce inputs by 50% over 5 years and he is well on his way to achieving that!
Over the last 5 years he has been experimenting with intercrops and companion crop mixtures. He is enthusiastic about enhancing the beneficial interactions between plants for multiple benefits, including pest and disease management, supressing weeds, providing scaffolding, enhancing soil and plant health; to build a more sustainable and resilient system through diversity.
Come and see this year’s plant teams pairings / combinations including Peas-oats-SOSR, Beans-Oats, Linseed-Oats and Lentils-linseed. Some of these mixtures are part of field scale trials in collaboration with Innovative Farmers, Organic Research Centre and PGRO.
Andy has been no till since circa 2010 and also has leys, cover crops and undersown clovers in his system.
The Day will include a farm tour, Q & A session & early dinner
***Please note that entry will not be given on the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance***
Key agroecological practices: Intercropping, companion / cover crops, leys, no till
Approach: Conservation Agriculture
Read more about Andy's farm here: www.agricology.co.uk/field/farmer-profiles/andrew-howard