As part of our 2020 Regenerative Agriculture Training Programme, Third Space Galway are delighted to host Paul Soden in Galway for two events as part of his nationwide tour ‘Our Common Ground’ on Syntropic Agroforestry, curated by Martina Finn in partnership with NUIG EcoSoc and Mad Yolk Farm.
Date; Friday Feb 14th – 11.30 – 1pm – NUIG Workshop –
Venue; The View, Arus Mac an Leinn, NUIG
Our Common Ground’ is a syntropic agroforestry workshop led by Paul Soden, a Brazil based Irish agroforester who owns the 30 acre Green Man farm. His aim is to spread the knowledge of regenerative agriculture through training, consultancy and advocacy opportunities.
Third Space Galway and EcoSoc NUIG are delighted to cohost a special AGROFORESTRY seminar in NUIG with Paul Soden, who will give an overview of best practice in Regenerative AgriCulture design, highlighting current national and international concerns in our relationship to how we love, care for, and heal our precious planet through the way we grow our food!
Syntropic farming reproduces the interdependent relationships we see within nature.. visible within a rainforest. If planned correctly a syntropic system can produce an almost continual harvest of vegetable, fruits, herbs, flowers or forestry timber over a 20-40 year span.
A key characteristic is that a wide variety of plants with all different lifespans and light requirements are companion planted at a very high density, just as you would see within a rainforest.
During this workshop, Paul will teach students how to apply regenerative forestry practices to their own gardens, backyards, or community plots, no matter how big or small. He will also teach people about agroforestry, what it is and what he does and highlight the diversity of Agroforestry projects thriving nationally and internationally today.
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Saturday February 15th 10am to 4pm – Day Long Workshop
Our Common Ground’ is a syntropic agroforestry full day workshop led by Paul Soden and taking place in Guarran Lrw, Maree Rd, Oranmore H91KV1D
Paul’s regenerative agroforestry practices works with microorganisms to increase soil fertility, water retention and carbon sequestration to create a cleaner environment and mitigate carbon emissions.
Syntropic farming reproduces the interdependent relationships within a rainforest. If planned correctly a syntropic system can produce an almost continual harvest of vegetable, fruits, herbs, flowers or forestry timber over a 20-40 year span.
A key characteristic is that a wide variety of plants with all different lifespans and light requirements are planted at a very high density, just as you would see within a rainforest.
During the workshop, he will teach students how to apply regenerative forestry practices to their own gardens, backyards, or community plots, no matter how big or small. He will also teach people about agroforestry, what it is and what he does and show a documentary about his work.
You don’t need a large plot of land, or indeed a forest to pick up his tips and advice. You don’t even need to be an expert. Everyone can learn to garden regeneratively.
Paul Soden’s workshop will cover:
Understanding the principles of regeneration
Learning how to powerfully present the topics of soil health and regenerative agriculture as solutions to climate change, water scarcity, and feeding the world.
Simple experiments you can use to explain to others the importance of soil health – flooding, drought, food security, health issues.
Understanding the five principles of regenerative agriculture
-Planning a system
-Ground Cover – no bare dirt ever. If earth is not covered by a living plant it must be covered with mulch.
-Maximise photosynthesis – maximising the amount of photosynthesising foliage sequesters carbon, improves soil quality and produces abundant supplies of food.
-Natural succession – as a rainforest has a natural succession where there is always new life to replace old, so does a syntropic farming system.
-Stratification – using plants with differing light requirements creates a multi-layered system of great diversity, creating resilience.
Managing a syntropic system that involves harvesting, pruning and monitoring to maintain groundcover. Presentation on existing agroforestry systems.
Cost:: €35 Includes tea/coffee/lunch
Places are limited –
To Reserve please register at…
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These events are made possible with the kind support of local Regenerative Farmer, Brian Dilleen, Community Knowledge Initiative, NUIG, Galway City Council, and Third Space Galway
For more info please contact Martina 0872201972 or
And Green Man Farm http://www.facebook.com/greenmanrio