***Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the spread of the coronavirus, IFOAM - Organics International has postponed all courses until April 24, 2020. Further information about when the courses will take place will come in the upcoming weeks.
Regenerative Agriculture: Building foundations, networks and pathways
Join the regenerative agriculture community and strengthen your own knowledge and understanding!
Co-create with a network of peers. Share with and learn from expert trainers in the field of regenerative and organic agriculture development. Gain an understanding of the concepts and complexities of truly sustainable regenerative practice.
At IFOAM-Organics International, we believe that all farming systems supporting our 4 principles of health, ecology, fairness and care, are part of a broader community of practice, working together towards the vision of a sustainable world.
In the spirit of collaboration and with the vision of Organic 3.0, we are proud to partner with 42 Acres Retreat in offering this unique training course.
What will you learn?
• History, definition, and principles of regenerative agriculture
• Regenerative agriculture practice
• Integrated farming, cropping, and livestock.
• Farm design and management
• Farm to Fork: market and food systems
• Support networks and structures
• Regenerative agriculture in the world of regulation and policy
Who is it for?
This course is aimed at providing both experienced practitioners as well as those who are new to the sector a comprehensive understanding of the principles underpinning regenerative agriculture and food systems.
Practitioners could be farmers, farm managers, agricultural advisors, specialists and professionals working in the organic agriculture sector, or service providers in retail and processing. Actors in the private and public sector, as well as non-profit and civil society organisations are equally welcomed. We aim to give a both a bird's eye view of the principles, as well as a practical deep-dive into farming practices and approaches aligned with organic and regenerative agriculture systems.
If you are an organic farmer looking to improve or increase your sustainable farming practices, this could be for you.
If you are already focusing on regenerative farming approaches but need a better overview of principles and philosophies, or if you are an advocate/lobbyist for truly sustainable food production or farming, then this short course would be the ideal way to broaden your understanding. If your company wishes to increase its offering of sustainably produced products, this course could give you exactly the kind of understanding you would need!
We would like to see a diversity of practitioners join this course. Regenerative and organic systems are by their nature cross-disciplinary and multi-faceted, and bringing people from different disciplines together, enhances the value of the learning and sharing!
When and where is it?
The course is held at 42 Acres retreat centre in Somerset, England. The venue practices regenerative agriculture principles through its 'soil to gut' food philosophy, which you will experience through the highest quality and delicious food served during the course.
The peaceful location surrounded by wild meadows and ancient woodland create the ideal environment for a most enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience. You should arrive at 14:00 on Monday, 11 May 2020 and the work sessions will end at 12:00 on Friday, 15 May 2020.
Meet your trainers
Konrad Hauptfleisch is the Head of Capacity Development at IFOAM - Organics International, and has managed the Organic Academy since 2012. He brings 20 years of experience in management, facilitation, training and grassroots sector development.
André Leu, International Director at Regeneration International; IFOAM Ambassador and author of Poising our Children, The Myths of Safe Pesticides. André has over 48 years of experience in all areas of agriculture from growing, pest control, weed management, marketing, post-harvest, transport, grower organizations, developing new crops and education in many countries on every arable continent. His specialty is in the all the forms of regenerative agriculture, including organic, agroecology, permaculture, biological farming and agroforestry systems.
Ailbhe Gerrard is a farmer with certified organic enterprises, and an educator with a deep interest in farming as a holistic, regenerative activity. She teaches at the Gurteen Agricultural College and has an MSc degree in Organic Farming and Environment and Sustainable Development.
How will it work?
• Join the residential session in 11th - 15th May 2020.
• Develop insight through highly participatory sessions;
• Visit inspirational farms and operations in the beautiful Somerset region around 42 Acre Farm;
• Attend 2 follow-up webinars, deepening your knowledge.
•Tuition fees are £560.00 p/person. This includes all training sessions, webinar follow-up, materials and excursion costs.
You are responsible for your own travel costs to and from the venue, and your accomodation.
You will be staying directly at the training facility, bookings [at] 42acressomerset.com (subject: Regernative%20Agriculture%20Course%20May%202020) (42 Acres), in Somerset.
There are different levels of accomodation to suit your needs. Accomadation ranges from £533.00 to £1206.00.
Are you a local farmer and don't need accomodation? You can join too!
How do I apply?
Do you want to register for this course?
Tuition and accomodation can be booked directly at Eventbrite website.
Applications close on 6 April 2020 or when the course is fully booked. Secure your spot now and sign up before we reach the max. 24 participants for this course!
We thank our partner, 42 Acres Retreat in Somerset, for their support!