The Burren Winterage School is an annual learning and networking event for those interested in ‘farming for nature’, seeking to explore and promote ways through which farming can make a more positive contribution to addressing our global biodiversity crisis.
Contributors - and participants - typically include farmers, farm advisors, students, teachers, researchers, public authorities and policymakers from across Ireland, Europe and beyond – all with a shared interest in sustainable farming.
Set in the magnificent Burren landscape and located in a different Burren village every year, the non-profit event is hosted by the Burrenbeo Trust and the Burren Programme and is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The atmosphere is informal, positive and respectful: The School aims to foster better understanding and engagement across all actors involved in farming for nature, rather than being critical or dismissive of other perspectives.
Founded in 2013, the event format consists of presentations, workshops, farm visits, community events and lots of socialising and networking!
This year, the Burren Winterage School will include talks, workshops and field trips on the theme of 'Building healthy futures for people, food and nature'.
The Burren Winterage School goes virtual in 2020, with speakers from far and wide contributing to a series of online presentations and discussions on themes relating to farming for nature and how farming can make a more positive contribution to addressing our global biodiversity crisis.
This is a great opportunity to explore how we can collectively shape a brighter future for our natural world and the farm families who depend on it to make a living.