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The EIT Food Grow Workshop: eco-regimes and microbiome, the farmer's new allies in soil regeneration

The 2023 edition of the EIT Food Grow Workshops starts on May 26th, in Arruda dos Vinhos, with the motto "Rethinking Agriculture - Demystifying the eco-regimes in PEPAC".


During this first session a brief clarification debate on PEPAC will be launched, focusing on the measures of the 1st pillar of the eco-regimes and the impact that these measures have on the Portuguese agricultural sector. The debate will be attended by the Planning and Policy Office, Prof. Miguel Viegas and the Young Farmers Association of Portugal and moderated by the Food4Sustainability team, CoLab.


Sessions 2, 3 and 4 will be dedicated to soil and plant health. On May 29, June 5 and June 12, in Fundão, topics of soil health parameters, plant health and the microbiome will be addressed. Farmers, growers, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and anyone interested can register for these training sessions for free through this link.




These hybrid sessions, discuss the role of the microbiome, differentiated in each session, and a practical view from the farmer's perspective on what is in fact, the microbiome and soil health and what are the consequences for production. Accompanying the sessions will be Quinta da Avelã, Herdade do Escrivão and Planície Verde. The 12th will include lunch and a visit to the Experimental Farm of Fundão for microbiome analysis collection procedures.


The Grow Workshops are a set of training sessions created by the largest European community of food innovation - EIT Food - with the aim of rethinking the practices and techniques used in agriculture, exploring the role of soil and investigating new business models based on new technologies. The sessions provide its participants with knowledge, resources, and tools that will help them optimize their agricultural businesses. They will also learn how to reverse the negative effects of unsustainable farming practices, take advantage of new techniques and technologies to monetize their businesses, and network within the European sustainability ecosystem. After the success of the previous editions, which had more than 1000 participants, for the second consecutive year, the organization of this initiative is in charge of the collaborative laboratory of Idanha-a-NovaLund University, Queen's University, MaspexM, Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (StMELF) and Polish Academy of Science.


All information regarding the workshops and registration forms are available here.


For additional questions please contact:

Cláudia Costa (claudia.costa@food4sustainability.org), Operations Researcher and F4S Academy Coordinator

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