Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator and consultant. He has a keen interest in managing microbial ecology and mineral nutrition to optimise soil function, plant immunity and food quality. Joel works to integrate soil chemical & biological assessments, along with plant nutritional analyses as a joined-up strategy for managing crop production.
This is a session aimed at those who are new to the agro-ecological movement or who just want an overview of the principles of regenerative agriculture – why to adopt them and how to implement them. On each day a soil expert (Joel Williams/Nicole Masters) will lead a session supported by the perspective of an […]
Part 1 of the lecture will start with a focus on designing with diversity. Monocultures can have some advantages, but such uniformity can also be very prone to pest or disease outbreak. Using spatial, varietal or species diversity can break up this susceptibility creating an environment less optimal for pest and disease spread. Starting an […]
Part 2 of the lecture will specifically focus on the role of nutrition in supporting plant defences. Some nutrients support the plants primary or physical defences by increasing cell wall strength or reinforcing the rigidity of the epidermis. Other nutrients are important for the production of defence chemicals which can be systemically translocated throughout the […]