Seminars with Iain Tolhurst: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
18 June 2013 10:00 - 18 June 2013 16:00
Walled Garden Shed, Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames, RG8 7RD. Reading
Weeds, Pests, and diseases - WP&D.
Often seen as the big challenge to food production, this seminar will explore some of the positive as well as negative aspects of WP&D. You will learn about the “systems approach” to developing in-built resistance to many common problems and see how it is even possible to get weeds on your side at times! We will explore how WP&D become established, how they impact on crops and how you are going to maintain a degree of control over their negative effects.
After lunch there will be a tour of the fields and walled garden crops to see how weeds, pests and diseases are notably absent most of the time and how systems have been developed to ensure a healthy and productive farm.
The seminar is a participative workshop so you get to join in, share your ideas and questions with the whole group and you may be put into a working group as part of the day’s activities. At the end of the day you will go home with a much clearer idea of the role of WP&D on the farm.
Lunch is for many a highlight of the day, as much as possible of the food is from the farm with everything including the tea and coffee being organic. The day starts and ends with tea/coffee/biscuits and you will find great company to chat with in a beautiful environment.
All seminars start at 10am and last for 6 hours, including lunch. Cost is £55 + VAT. Discounts apply.