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Gloucestershire regenerative environment and agriculture transition

 
 

ABOUT

The GREAT Project is putting Gloucestershire in the vanguard of the transition to regenerative agriculture.

GREAT stands for Gloucestershire Regenerative Environment and Agriculture Transition. It’s a three-year project, funded by Thirty Percy, to boost the transition to farming methods that restore the soil, water and air.  We want to join the dots between farmers, advisors, growers, mentors and their communities to facilitate this change that is so sorely needed for a resilient future for farms, nature and the earth.

We have three core aims: build evidence, facilitate knowledge exchange, and nurture enterprise.

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Regenerative agriculture is based on five principles:

  1. Don’t disturb the soil

  2. Keep the soil surface covered

  3. Keep living roots in the soil

  4. Grow a diverse range of crops

  5. Integrate grazing livestock into the system

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OUR AIMS

 
 
 

Building evidence

We’re building the evidence for regenerative farming, growing and food systems. By talking to farmers and new entrants, and doing case studies, we’re finding out what works, what’s needed, and how to make it happen.

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Nurturing enterprise

We’re supporting farmers, growers and new entrants to innovate and grow their businesses. We’re running subsidised enterprise bootcamps and webinars, a mentoring programme, and a new entrants programme. 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Holistic Planned Grazing
    23 May, 09:00 – 25 May, 17:00
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
    FarmED is working with 3LM, The Savory Network Hub in the UK and Ireland, to deliver 12 days of comprehensive holistic management training in 2021. This training is ideal for pioneering farmers, land managers and advisers with a passion for regenerative agriculture.
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  • Regenerative Soil Health: Fundamentals
    01 Jun, 10:00 – 17:00
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
    Would you like to learn how to create healthy soils and resilient fields while reducing reliance on inputs, even during droughts?
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  • How to Create a Community Orchard
    09 Jun, 10:00
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
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  • Orchard Maintenance
    10 Jun, 10:00
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
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  • Herbal Ley Establishment & Management
    14 Jun, 10:00 – 18:30
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
    Join us for a one day course on Herbal Leys Establishment and Management brought to you by the FarmED team and Cotswolds Seeds.
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  • Holistic Ecological Monitoring and Land Planning
    27 Jun, 09:00 – 29 Jun, 17:00
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
    FarmED is working with 3LM, The Savory Network Hub in the UK and Ireland, to deliver 12 days of comprehensive holistic management training in 2022. This training is ideal for pioneering farmers, land managers and advisers with a passion for regenerative agriculture.
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  • The Rural Facilitator (A Ruralink course) Module A - Individual Skills
    28 Jun, 09:30 – 29 Jun, 09:30
    Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Rd, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK
    Leadership development and application for professional advisors, community facilitators and mentors.
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  • ORFC in the Field
    06 Jul, 09:00 – 07 Jul, 17:00
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
    Join us for two days of field-based application and practitioner led discussion focusing on agroecology, regenerative farming and sustainable food.
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  • An Introduction to Sustainable Farming and Food – Nourishing People and Regenerating the Planet
    20 Jul, 10:00 – 18:00
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
    Join us for an informative and inspiring day on the farm to explore the challenges and opportunities in sustainable farming and food and how we can nourish people and regenerate the planet.
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  • The Rural Facilitator (A Ruralink course) Module B - Team Skills
    26 Jul, 09:30 – 27 Jul, 16:00
    Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Rd, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK
    Leadership development and application for professional advisors, community facilitators and mentors.
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  • The Rural Facilitator (A Ruralink course) Module A - Individual Skills
    04 Aug, 09:30 – 05 Aug, 16:00
    Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Rd, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK
    Leadership development and application for professional advisors, community facilitators and mentors.
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  • The Rural Facilitator (A Ruralink course) Module C - Project Leadership Skills
    30 Aug, 09:30 – 31 Aug, 16:00
    Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Rd, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK
    Leadership development and application for professional advisors, community facilitators and mentors.
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  • The Rural Facilitator (A Ruralink course) Module B - Team Skills
    08 Sept, 09:30 – 09 Sept, 16:00
    Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Rd, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK
    Leadership development and application for professional advisors, community facilitators and mentors.
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  • Agroforestry Design Masterclass
    24 Sept, 09:00 – 25 Sept, 16:30
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
    Looking to integrate trees into your farming business this coming planting season but don’t know which trees to plant, how many, or where? Unsure about fencing, or how to market your tree products? Discover the answers to these questions and more...
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  • The Rural Facilitator (A Ruralink course) Module C - Project Leadership Skills
    06 Oct, 09:30 – 07 Oct, 16:00
    Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Rd, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK
    Leadership development and application for professional advisors, community facilitators and mentors.
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  • Farming with Pollinators
    Time is TBD
    FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BJ, UK
    On this course we'll take a look at how you can play your role in protecting pollinators by providing corridors, refuges, pollen, nectar and prey. We'll consider the benefits and challenges of using pollinator mixes at scale as well as other practices such as pollinator strips...
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