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’s Burren Winterage School will be a welcome opportunity for farmers, researchers, policymakers and others to come together again ‘in-person’ to share updates and discuss some of the ever-pressing issues around sustainable farming in Ireland. It comes at a critical time, with the upcoming CAP Strategic Plan, the recently published Food Vision 2030 strategy and a raft of EU and Irish initiatives aimed at improving our environmental performance. This year’s school will hear about innovative regional approaches – with input from some of the over 50 EIP-AGRI projects in Ireland – as well as hearing from farmers on the ground as to how they see their future. An intimate event taking place in the picturesque bayside village of Kinvara and featuring the very best of homegrown talent, this promises to be a wonderful occasion for learning, networking and inspiration. We hope you can join us in Kinvara and/or on-line this October for the Burren Winterage School 2021.