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Linley Farm, Shropshire
15-16 September 2023


This series of sessions will introduce you to a range of practical skills to apply in your growing & farming practice.

Image by Estúdio Bloom

The Collaboration Hub

We invite you to come to the Collaboration Hub, where we will be co-creating a vision for our local food future and how we can work together

to achieve it.


Be part of the process, join one of the activities there or just​ drop in and leave your thoughts.       Tell us what you want to see happen and

how you want to be involved.

Help us co-create a regenerative food and

farming culture.

Soil Testing

Hosted by Niels Corfield

Soil & Pasture Health Monitoring - Practical Workshop
Learn how to read your soils and pasture using in-field DIY methods.
Discussion on implications and how to fix your soil
Follows-on from Weatherproof Farm session
Bring wellies, and also a spade (if you have one)


Using a Brix Refractometer

Hosted by Matthew Adams

BRIX Testing measures carbohydrates to assess how well the plant was able to photosynthesise as an indicator of nutrient density. Anybody can do this with simple, basic equipment. Come and find out how.


Open Food Network Masterclass

Hosted by Nick Weir

The Open Food Network Platform can support you in building a direct sales model. Learn more in this guided masterclass. 

If you would like to set up your enterprise, please bring a laptop with you to the conference and we will talk you through the very simple set up process.  You will go away ready to start taking orders.  


Johnson Su Reactor

Hosted by Kate Gatacre

Kate Gatacre and her team will demonstrate the Johnson-Su bioreactor, which is a static method that has shown the best results for fungi dominated compost.

Seed Cleaning

Hosted by Catherine Howell

Catherine Howell of the Gaia Foundation's Norther Seed Savers group will demonstrate how to use a seed aspirator to 'clean' and separate seeds from their plant material. The plans for this machine are open-source and available through the Vital Seeds website ( and is a perfect size for home or community-scale seed saving operations. 


Dung Beetle Safari

Hosted by Clare Whittle

Join Claire, a veterinary surgeon, on a tour of dung pats hunting for dung beetles. Dung beetles are vitally important insects improving the quality and structure of soil, cleaning pastures, reduce parasite burdens in livestock and providing a variety of other crucial services. Changes to agricultural practices have had negative impacts on them with wormer use causing a reduction in numbers. Come and explore the world of the dung beetle.


Soil Blocking

Hosted by Casper & Fleur MacIndoe

Find out how to make soil blocks for plastic-free seedling production from Casper and Fleur at the Street Allotment Project. 


Soil blocking is a seed starting technique that uses a soil block maker to create individual blocks of soil. These blocks are then placed in a tray or flat, and the seedlings are planted in the blocks. Soil blocking has several advantages over traditional seed starting methods, such as using pots or cell trays.


Garden Tour

Hosted by Kate Gatacre

Start the day with  Kate Gatacre, Head Grower at Linley Farm Market Garden, having a look at the amazing glasshouse and beds

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