On-Farm Workshop ~ Compost, Soil Testing & Organic Fertility
Monday, August 20, 2011
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Community Farm of Simsbury
73 Wolcott Road
At this workshop you will learn how to manage nitrogen and phosphorus applications so you meet the social, environmental and economic goals of your farm. Many nutrient management practices of small vegetable farmers, especially compost applications, meet the economic goals of the farm but fall short of meeting the environmental and social goals without the farmers realizing it. This hands-on workshop with much time for discussion will set your farm on a long-term trajectory of husbanding nutrients critical to the success of local food production.
Topics to be discussed:
- How to collect a soil sample
- How to interpret a soil test report
- Liming: when, why, how much
- How to manage fertility with compost
- Nitrogen management without phosphorus accumulation
- Problems caused by nitrogen and phosphorus accumulation in soils
- Cover cropping as part of your fertility program
Tom Morris is a longtime CT NOFA member, educator and presenter at our courses and workshops. To learn more, check here.
Beginning Farmer Social - After the workshop there will be a beginning farmer gathering and light meal for those who have farmed for ten years or fewer. The workshop and beginning farmer mixer are made possible by a grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture through the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
Members and Beginning Farmers (ten years or fewer of farming experience): $30
If you are a beginning farmer, there are scholarship funds available - click HERE for an application. Any questions, email Kristiane or call us at 203-888-5146.
A printer-friendly registration form can be found HERE. Online registration is available HERE.