Soil Fertility Workshop (Soil Health Series #3)

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Description

Soil testing is a powerful and simple tool to understand what is happening in your soil. If you have ever kept a garden or lawn, then you have likely thought about sending your soil in for testing. Knowing the fertility status allows you to make the most efficient use of resources to build healthy soil and grow plants and nutrient dense food successfully. We will spend a day going beyond far beyond what a simple home testing kit offers so that you will feel capable of diagnosing your own soil’s conditions. As we like to say here at the UBC Farm, growing good food sustainably is really about curating good soil. Join us for a morning mixed with classroom activities and field learning. Participants will gain practical skills, knowledge, and will also be given print and electronic resources to reference in future.

This workshop will cover the following:

  • How to take a soil sample (hands on practice with commonly found equipment)
  • Interpreting soil samples (hands on practice with various microscopes and other testing methods)
  • Measuring soil nutrients present
  • Signs and symptoms of common deficiencies
  • Discussion of locally available amendments and their nutrient profiles

This workshop is one of three, as a course on soil biology, that we are hosting with the instructor – Emma Holmes.

About the Instructor

Emma Holmes (pictured here holding the umbrella during a workshop) is an agrologist, farmer and soil scientist. A regular face at the UBC Farm’s workshop series, she is a warm and friendly guide for beginners and experienced soil students. She studied at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems (B.Sc. Global Resource Systems, M.Sc. Soil Science) and completed a permaculture internship at the Bullock Permaculture Homestead in WA. Currently, Emma is teaching soil science at Kwantlen’s Tsawwassen Farm School and working for the Ministry of Agriculture as an Agrologist.

Date and Time

Saturday, September 23 | 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (2.5 hours)

Cost

$39 ($32 student pricing) + GST

This workshop is one of three, as a course on soil biology, that we are hosting with the instructor – Emma Holmes.

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