Organic farming philosophy stresses reliance on natural nutrient cycling and feeding the soil food web. But most organic farmers still import off-farm organic fertilizers with the goal of feeding specific crops rather than building a soil organic matter system. Can farmers use new science about soil organic matter and the soil food web to help them grow their own fertilizer and maintain soil fertility with few off-farm inputs? This workshop will present soil organic matter system building science and practice and spend the last 30 minutes in the vegetable production area of the UBC farm investigating how the soil organic matter system is managed there. Enroll in all three eco-farming workshops as a short course, and receive a 15% discount!
About the Instructor
Helen has an M.S. in Horticulture from Rutgers University, worked in Integrated Pest Management in New Jersey, was a Horticulture Extension Agent in Montana for 17 years and an Organic Systems Research Assistant in the Horticulture Dept. at Oregon State University. She also farmed Organic-certified vegetables and tree fruit at her own farm Biodesign Farm (Montana, 1993-2010), Woodleaf Farm (California, 2012-2015), and presently co-owns with her husband Carl a new farm in Oregon.
Date and Time
Saturday, Sept 30 | 2:00 pm – 4:00pm (2 hours)
$35 ($28 for registered students — valid student ID is required) + GST (Enroll in all three workshops as a short course, and receive a 15% discount!)