Wednesday 13 November
09.00: Coffee and Registration
09.30: Welcome Address
10.30: Soil Innovation and Research
This session focus on the latest research and innovation in relation to soil.
12.00: Organic lunch and time to network and visit trade stands
13.30 - 15.00: This session will be split into a grower and a livestock session.
Livestock Session: Grazing for health
15.00 - 15.30: Tea and Coffee
15.15 - 16.30: Go with the flow: water management on farms
16:30: Session Close
17:00 - 19:00: There will be a number of activities taking place prior to the evening meal:
- Film Screening - The Moo Man followed by a Q&A with Stephen Hook and Phil Hook (Organic farmer featured in the film)
- Soil Culture Art Exhibition - The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World will host 'The Taste of Place' and 'Painting with soil pigments'
- 'Cause for concern' - Blues band music courtesy of David Wilson (Farm Manager at Duchy Home Farm) and friends.
- The British Society of Soil Science will host a demonstration on soil texturing and a 'mystery' soil type for delegates to class – the closest to the correct answer will win a collection of soil atlases! We will also look at issues of compaction, nutrient and water movements.
- Free access to the @Bristol museum
- A cash bar will open from 17.30pm
19:15: A hearty evening meal will be served to delegates using fresh local and organic ingredients.
20:45: After dinner speech (George Ferguson - Mayor of Bristol)
21:15: Music courtesy of Tom Hartley (Soil Association Certification Officer / classically trained pianist) and 'Cause for Concern' as per above.
Thursday 14 November
8.30 - 9.00 Breakfast courtesy of Soil Association Certification Limited
Soil Association Certification will be sponsoring a breakfast for all delegates. Over a bacon sarnie (or vegetarian alternative) you will have the opportunity to meet members of the business development and certification teams, discuss marketing opportunities and get answers on any technical queries. There will also be a short presentation on the nature of the Organic Market's recent growth, the newly approved Copy Advice Claims for direct selling of organic produce and the marketing campaigns being run by Soil Association Certification to help grow demand for organic products.
9.30 - 11.00: This session will be split into a grower and a livestock session.
Grower Session: Protected Cropping and Composting
11.00: Tea and Coffee
11.30: Soil Trailblazers
This session will explore three farming case studies and focus on their best practice techniques. Our speakers include:
13.00: Formal Close
13.15: Refreshments and a light organic lunch with time to visit trade stands
Please contact Astrid Toner via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries regarding this event.