Carbon Calling is a knowledge exchange initiative created by farmers to promote discussion among livestock and food producers, and help them address climate, biodiversity, societal and food security issues.
Founded by beef and sheep consultant Liz Genever, regenerative farmers Nic and Paul Renison, and host farmer Tim Nicholson the two-day (25-26 June) conference in the Eden valley is Carbon Calling’s flagship event.
It follows two years of live chats featuring some of the leading food producers, consultants and researchers in the regenerative farming movement. It was originally planned for 2020.
The event includes practical demonstrations, seminars and discussion panels. For more information, visit Carbon Calling.
Carbon Calling’s list of speakers includes:
- US regenerative rancher and author, Greg Judy
- Sheila Dillon of the BBC Food and Farming Awards
- Defra’s Janet Hughes, programme director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme
- Cumbrian cheesemaker, Martin Gott
- A farmer panel including Wiltshire farmer Andy Rumming, Perthshire farmer Alex Brewster and Charlie Walker from Duns
- Independent soil scientist, Ian Bell
- Organic dairy farmer, Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust
Mixed farmer and ecologist Tim Nicholson of Sleastonhow Farm in the Eden Valley will host the meeting. He has first-hand experience of water quality, soil health, biodiversity and profitability challenges on his own 300-acre farm.
Mr Nicholson saw profit margins and biodiversity come under pressure when he took charge of the home farm in 2005, but over the five years, he has seen wildlife return as he’s adapted his conventional farming system with regenerative methods.
But he stresses the farm is still learning about lowering inputs like synthetic fertiliser, weed killers and bought-in feed and producing healthy soils, livestock and crops.
“As a farmer, you can’t look at the label or read the instructions for this type of farming, you have to learn from others, and we hope Carbon Calling acts as a catalyst for farmers to learn from each other,” says Tim.
“I’ve started direct drilling, experimenting with deeper rooting plants and mob grazing sheep and cattle. We have seen grey partridges, barn owls, tree sparrows and red squirrels start to come back in the area.”
Co-organiser Nic Renison said: “Carbon Calling is a grass roots conference packed with inspirational farmer speakers, we can promise a weekend briming with innovation and positive vibes, which will enable us to farm profitability working along side nature”.
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