On a mission to create regenerative farms and landscapes in the UK and Europe, Niels focuses on agroecological systems that are low maintenance yet productive. He advises and trains on: soil health, planned grazing, agroforestry and whole farm planning. He produces designs for agroforestry systems and whole farm plans.
Niels Corfield has been working to deliver a truly regenerative food system for over 15 years.
He is an advisor, researcher, educator, designer & tree nurseryman. Working to create agroecological landscapes and farms in the UK and Europe he is focussed on systems that are low maintenance and productive.
He helps transition farm operations, through an inclusive/participatory approach.
In his work as a soils researcher, technician and demonstrator he has helped to develop the Soilmentor app and website. Pulling together the different protocols along side testing & demonstrating the app in the field, with farmers. He has also helped coordinate the PFLA project: Monitoring the Pulse of Soils under Pasture.
As well as conducting cover crops trials on arable and horticulture operations in the UK, he has carried-out on-farm soil assessments with a number of farmers and growers in the SW, Wales, the SE and the Midlands.
He is committed to an information-lead approach to land-based decision making and management practices. He works closely with Vidacycle (Soilmentor), SioBio Lab & Field Margin.
He has 12 years teaching experience, with adult education. He is formally trained in Holistic Management & Regenerative Agriculture Design.
Joel is an independent plant and soil health educator and a healthy soils advocate. He provide lectures, workshops and consultation on soil management, plant nutrition and integrated approaches of sustainable food production.
Joel studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Australia specialising in plant and soil dynamics and he has a particular interest in managing soil microbial ecology along with crop & soil nutrition to optimise plant immunity, soil function and soil carbon sequestration.
More recently he has been working in the UK and Europe with both conventional and organic farming systems integrating soil chemical & biological assessments, along with plant nutritional analyses as a joined-up strategy for managing crop production.
Joel has a passion for teaching and sharing both scientific and practical knowledge on agroecological growing practices and he has been fortunate enough to educate farming audiences in Australia, UK, Western & Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South Africa, Kenya, Canada and the US.
Joel has also been a keen vegetable grower for many years and he is pleased to see more and more citizens around the world engage with the food system through urban gardening. He also works to strengthen this connection through food education. Joel has worked with some engaging urban farming projects in the UK – projects which engage university students and school children with outdoor and food growing skills, cooking and food preparation as well as wider environmental and sustainability education.
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