• SoilHack Gathering 2018

    by  • April 1, 2018 • EAT Project, News, Courses & Events

    SoilHack is back! And once again, taking place in Somerset. Feed Avalon is helping to make the gathering happen as part of the EAT project. Find all the details below. ***Click here to buy a ticket***

    What: A weekend to share our passion, knowledge, and skills for building healthy soils

    When: 26th – 27th May 2018 (arrivals welcome Friday evening)

    Where: Brook End LAND Centre, Compton Dundon – near Street and Glastonbury in Somerset

    Please note places are strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment

    About SoilHack

    SoilHack was set up to provide a space for people to collaborate in sharing information to help better understand our soils and how to improve their health, having been inspired by the DIY spirit of the FarmHack movement. More details here: http://farmhack.org/wiki/soilhack-wiki

    In recent years there has been a growing understanding of the complexity of interactions that have an effect on the soil and a growing awareness of the importance of our soil resource for future generations and to mitigate climate change . We are aware that some current methods that are used to manage the land are detrimental to soil health, but how can we move away from them and move towards regenerative practices?

    There are increasing examples of people positively transforming their soils using novel techniques such as no-till/no-dig, cover cropping, biochar, and agroforestry.

    The challenge, especially for people who are full-time producers, is to somehow get to grips with a toehold on the latest soil research which helps to understand why these practices work, as well as getting a sense of how and when they may be appropriate . SoilHack is a response to this, a self-organising network for sharing knowledge.

    Contribute your experience, insight, and curiosity to this effort.

    About the Gathering

    Everyone at the gathering will be learners. It is a DIY event and it is hoped everyone will can help the gathering run smoothly. Please let us know in advance if you have ideas for workshops / sessions you would like to be involved in organising. Sessions should be participatory, science and evidence-based, and practical where possible. There is support available for designing sessions. There will also be space on the programme for self-organised workshops and sessions that arise as needed and relevant over the weekend. As well as practical workshops, there will be time set aside for discussions and strategy sessions on how to build the SoilHack movement.

    How to offer a workshop

    Make sure you have booked your place at the gathering. To share your idea for a session, to assist with the planning and delivery of a session or to keep up with developments please join and post to the SoilHack mail-list www.s.coop/soilhack or alternatively email the organising team soilhack@mailo.com

    Please note no one is paid for giving workshops at the gathering. If you need financial support to participate, please let us know when booking.


    The gathering is a not-for-profit event with financial support to enable access and participation. You choose your ticket price based on what you can afford, we ask £15 – £75 for a day ticket and £25 – £125 for a weekend ticket, which includes meals and camping. For folks who cannot afford the lowest rate, please let us know and you can be allocated one of the free places. It is hoped that individuals coming from universities, established businesses or other professional organisations can pay a higher rate.

    ***Click here to buy a ticket***

    For any enquiries please email the organising team soilhack@mailo.com