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Reduced Tillage Methods for Organic Vegetable Production

August 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$10

You care about the health of your soil, but you’re still tilling, cultivating, or laying plastic to prepare your fields and control weeds more than you would like. What options do you have for reducing soil disturbance and fostering healthy soil on your vegetable farm?

At this workshop, you’ll learn innovative methods for reducing tillage from:

  • Dr. Drew Smith from the Rodale Institute, who will share some of the early results from their recent experiments transplanting vegetable crops into strips of winter-killed tillage radish to provide a weed suppressing mulch, and using Yaomen’s plows to provide deep tillage that reduces surfaces disturbance and alleviates sub-surface soil compaction.
  • Jenn Halpin from Dickinson College Farm, who will showcase their trials growing tomatoes and peppers into strips of tillage-radish mulch, and share the farm’s other techniques for reducing tillage, such as using a roller crimper to terminate overwintered cover crops.
  • Dr. Franklin Egan from PASA, who will share tips and techniques that PASA member farmers are finding effective for reducing tillage, and will discuss the soil health data for Dickinson College Farm he’s collected through our Soil Health Benchmark Study.
  • Steve Bogash from Marrone Bio Innovations, who will discuss biopesticides that can be used in place of copper-based pesticides as part of a comprehensive soil health and pest control plan.

You’ll also tour Dickinson College Farm, a 50-acre organic vegetable and pastured-livestock farm that serves the Dickinson College dining halls, a CSA, and local farmers markets.

Cost

Members & non-members: $10. Registration for this event includes dinner.

Questions?

Take a look at our frequently asked questions about our workshops and events. Otherwise, please contact this event’s coordinator, Franklin Egan, by email at franklin@pasafarming.org or by phone at (814) 349-9856 x25.

Image credit: Rodale Institute

August 17, 2018 Reduced Tillage Methods for Organic Vegetable Production

Event Overview
tillage
Location

  Dickinson College Farm
  553 Park Dr. 
  Boiling Springs, PA 17007
  

Date & Time
  Friday, August 17th
  5pm - 8pm

Cost
  $10
Event Description
You care about the health of your soil, but you’re still tilling, cultivating, or laying plastic to prepare your fields and control weeds more than you would like. What options do you have for reducing soil disturbance and fostering healthy soil on your vegetable farm? 

At this workshop, you’ll learn innovative methods for reducing tillage from: 
  • Dr. Drew Smith from the Rodale Institute, who will share some of the early results from their recent experiments transplanting vegetable crops into strips of winter-killed tillage radish to provide a weed suppressing mulch, and using Yaomen’s plows to provide deep tillage that reduces surfaces disturbance and alleviates sub-surface soil compaction. 
  • Jenn Halpin from Dickinson College Farm, who will showcase their trials growing tomatoes and peppers into strips of tillage-radish mulch, and share the farm’s other techniques for reducing tillage, such as using a roller crimper to terminate overwintered cover crops. 
  • Dr. Franklin Egan from PASA, who will share tips and techniques that PASA member farmers are finding effective for reducing tillage, and will discuss the soil health data for Dickinson College Farm he’s collected through our Soil Health Benchmark Study
  • Steve Bogash from Marrone Bio Innovations, who will discuss biopesticides that can be used in place of copper-based pesticides as part of a comprehensive soil health and pest control plan. 
You’ll also tour Dickinson College Farm, a 50-acre organic vegetable and pastured-livestock farm that serves the Dickinson College dining halls, a CSA, and local farmers markets. 

The registration for this event includes dinner.
Speaker Information
Jenn Halpin, Manager, Dickinson College Farm 
Jenn manages the production and educational farm for Dickinson College, in Boiling Springs, PA. The main focus of the 50-acre farm program is to raise produce for the College dining hall. Dickinson students work with Jenn to manage all aspects of the farm operation, from planting and harvesting crops, to livestock management and renewable energy projects. College faculty and students utilize the farm for academic opportunities such as labs, classes, internships and independent research projects. 

Dr. Andrew Smith, Vegetable Research Director, The Rodale Institute 
Dr. Andrew Smith oversees Rodale’s Vegetable Systems Trial. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy and Crop Science from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree in Entomology from University of Maryland, and a Ph.D in Molecular Ecology from Drexel University. Dr. Smith has also studied Integrated Pest Management in Guatemala with the Peace Corp, as well as managed a fruit and vegetable farm for a decade. 

Dr. Franklin Egan, Education Director, PASA 
In his role at PASA, Dr. Franklin Egan supports farmer-to-farmer learning programs and administers farm-based research projects. Franklin holds a PhD in Ecology from Penn State University, and has lead research on topics including biodiversity conservation on farmland, environmental risks from genetically-modified crops, and soil health. He has also worked on vegetable and dairy farms in New York and Wisconsin. 

Steve Bogash, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Business Manager, Marrone Bio Innovations 
Steve Bogash retired as a Horticulture Educator and Researcher, PSU Coop Extension in June 2016. Since retiring, Steve works with the product development team at Marrone BioInnovations to create, field test, and market new biological plant pest management products. He has continued to do applied research in field and high tunnels on bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and processing tomatoes.
FAQ
Do you allow walk-ins?
In order to have accurate counts, we ask that everyone pre-register. Call (814) 349-9856 to register by phone.

Will food be served?
    Dinner will be served; please register beforehand

What should I prepare/bring with me to this event?
Please wear appropriate footwear for walking outside.
Bring a reusable water bottle to fill on site and stay hydrated.
Bring a note-taking device.
Remember your business cards- PASA events are an excellent networking opportunity.
Bring your questions! Make the most of this event by preparing several questions for the day.

Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Franklin Egan at (814) 349-956 x21 or franklin@pasafarming.org for more information about this event.
Registrant Information



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Details

Date: August 17, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Dickinson College Farm
553 Park Drive
Boiling Springs [Cumberland County], PA 17007

Cost: $10
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Event Category: PASA Events