Welcome to Talamh Beo

Soil Biodiversity Literacy & Enhancement EIP Project

Talamh Beo are excited to launch their Soil Biodiversity Project, which will involve 16 farms across Ireland embarking on a year long educational course & experimental investigation. This will improve their understanding of how soil functions and offer practical knowledge on how to kick-start sleepy or degraded soils. Participants will trial and document technical and physical innovations on their farms, discussing and sharing their experiences in a Knowledge Transfer group

“putting our feet back on healthy ground by growing the biodiversity in our soils”
Bridget Murphy
Project Coordinator

These farms, armed with the knowledge gained from their soil education courses and the results of their investigations & experiments, will then become "Lighthouse Farms", guiding the way for farms in their area to improve their soil and increase yields. Find out more about each farm via our interactive Agri Project Map.

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Soil Biodiversity Project Aims

We aim to bring science closer to citizens while addressing a major societal challenge of our times – loss of biodiversity. The loss of soil biodiversity is degrading our most important natural resource, our soil, and is the reason we have chosen a focus on the biodiversity beneath our boots.

As farmers on the ground, we understand that the soil is at the beginning and end of almost all farm processes and is a vital resource, not only for our farms, but also for the health and nutrient quality of the food we produce.  We believe it is vital that farmers take an active role in building a better understanding of soil in all its complexity – particularly regarding biological below ground diversity.

Building farmer and wider citizen understanding of the methods and options available for enhancing soil biodiversity is a first step in transitioning our farming to a model which builds soils and improves the quality of the food those soils produce. Above ground biodiversity is inextricably linked to the diversity of our soils, so starting with the soil is truly starting from the ground up.

Soil Biodiversity Project Overview

16 participating farms will engage in a soil biodiversity literacy and enhancement project. There will be an educational component provided by leaders in the field which will be applied in real time on test plots on each farm. The test plots will cover a range of ecosystems and soil types and conditions over several land use practices (horticulture, tillage, pasture grazing, woodland or agroforestry etc) and in different water catchment areas (with a good geographic spread).

Technical innovations (including bioNutrient meters) and physical innovations (e.g. soil biological activators, mineral amendments, biochar, green manure, compost, compost teas, inoculants etc) will be trialled and documented by farmers and the experiences discussed and shared by participants in a Knowledge Transfer (KT) group, facilitated by Farm Advisor & KT Group Facilitator John Brennan.

 The project will be recorded in real time and made available through our digital platforms and farm walks (when restrictions lift) to interested farmers and citizens to follow and learn alongside. The project will be supported on the ground by Soil Scientist, Dr Agnieszka Piwowarczyk (Dr Aga).

meet our eip soil biodiversity project

Specialists & Participants

Find out more about our project participants and their farms. Learn how they will benefit from their EIP Soil Biodiversity Project participation, and follow their journey through regular news and video updates.

Our Funding Partners

The Soil Biodiversity Literacy and Enhancement project is an EIP (European Innovation Partnership) project being administered by The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Project is funded by the EU Recovery Instrument Funding under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2022