Introduction to Agroforestry @ Wakelyns Farm
“Agroforestry is both a traditional practice, and a modern practice. It has undergone a renewal and uptake for modern sustainable farming methods over the last 30-40 years The name of "agroforestry" was created in the 1977 to describe the deliberate use of incorporating trees into farming practice”
Agroforestry integrates trees into farming practice. It creates farming landscapes that are; productive, resilient to climate change, sequester carbon, and support biodiversity. Wakelyns Farm is one of the most mature agroforestry systems in the UK created by the late Martin and Ann Wolfe. Come and learn and be inspired by the Agroforestry systems at Wakelyns farm in a practical and experiential context.
This two day course will equip you with an overview in how to design, implement and manage an agroforestry system. Starting with an introduction to Agroforestry and its benefits the course will lead you through designing and planning your own agroforestry system. Marina O'Connell created this course in partnership with the late Martin Wolfe in 2018. This course will combine some his adapted lectures and presentations, as well as Marina's experience of working along side Martin and setting up her own farms with Agroforestry methodologies. Half of the course will be theoretical and the other half will be spent exploring the practicalities of Agroforestry.
Marina O’Connell is a horticulturist, permaculture designer, tutor, and has been a commercial organic and biodynamic farmer for 25 years. She has over 30 years of experience of training and growing in sustainable food systems including designing and implementing agroforestry systems on three farms. She is the director of the Apricot Centre at Huxhams Cross Farm in Dartington Devon.
Venue; Wakelyns Farm, Fressingfield, Suffolk. IP21 5SD see www.wakelyns.co.uk
Optional Extras -
Breakfast, £8.50 - Tea and coffee, YQ and Q sourdough bread, Wakelyns harvest loaf cake OR Wakelyns porridge OR YQ and plum granola, Fruit and jams from the farm, Fen Farm Dairy yoghurt and butter
Lunch £18 per day - YQ and Q sourdough bread, Fen Farm Dairy butter, Seasonal salads, Seasonal deep quiches with local cheese, Farm pickles and chutneys. Legumes from the farm and Hodmedod's. Fruit from the farm and YQ biscuits
Dinner £25 for Saturday Vegetarian Dinner to include a main course and pudding.
Is available on the farm in a self contained pod - Each pod comes with electricity, heating, sink with hot and cold running water, electric hob with kettle etc for coffee/tea making, fridge, en-suite toilet and full bedding. Full showers and further toilets are available on site.
Double bed (i.e. for a single person or a couple) we would propose £60/night per pod
Two double beds (i.e. two singles or two couples) we propose £90/night per pod