What is Veganic Agriculture?
If you’ve ever wanted to learn about growing food veganically (without the use of any animal products or chemical fertilizers), there is a fantastic opportunity coming up, provided by The Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC).
On Thursday November 12, the COABC will be hosting a web seminar with Iain Tolhurst, a leader in the field of veganic agriculture. For those who grow their own food, or those who want to know more about what veganic agriculture means, this webinar should be a great way to learn about the practical methods of veganic growing.
Tolhurst is an independent organic horticulture consultant who runs a highly successful, low-carbon, veganic farm in the United Kingdom. By using crop rotations, green manures and sustainable agricultural practices, Iain Tolhurst farms without any animal manures or animal byproducts. His program provides more than 400 boxes of produce per week, using 90% of his own produce.
The November 12 webinar will discuss the methods used on Tolhurst’s veganic farm, including how they have developed a low carbon footprint.
Tolhurst has been a Soil Association symbol holder since 1976, specializing in supplying organic vegetables through his own box scheme. His advisory career began in 1984 as senior horticultural advisor with Elm Farm Research Centre. He has been involved with many national and international organic projects in more than 12 countries. Tolhurst Organic Produce was the first farm to be certified “Stockfree Organic”, as per the UK veganic certification program.
As well as authoring an extensive range of papers and articles in various organic journals, Tolhurst is the co-author of Growing Green: Animal-Free Organic Techniques. Growing Green demonstrates, through case studies, that when growers abandon the use of slaughterhouse by-products and manures they can be rewarded with healthier crops, and fewer weeds, pests and diseases.
Iain Tolhurst’s farm is used extensively for demonstration purposes with visitors from all over the world, and a range of seminars are held during the year. He works closely with a group of clients delivering on-farm advice and specializes in a “systems approach” to deal with the problems of fertility, pests and diseases. He is currently chairman of Thames Organic Growers and a founding member of the Organic Growers Alliance.
Some readers have commented that this post sounds like an ad, which was not my intention. Veganic agriculture is a subject I have mentioned in my posts in the past, and some people have been skeptical about whether it could become a viable form of commercial farming. I thought this webinar would be a great opportunity to offer people the chance to learn more about it.
Thanks for reading.
Image: Veganically-grown sweet corn, Gentle World