We’ll show you how to collect precise soil samples that accurately represent your fields, and how to submit these samples for testing through the Cornell Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health (CASH). CASH provides you with a soil analysis that goes beyond its nutrients—it also assesses your soil’s biological and physical components, such as microbial activity and aggregate stability.
We’ll additionally demonstrate other fun, hands-on assessments you can conduct on your farm to further explore the health of your soil ecosystem. These will include a ring infiltration test, percent-cover measurements, earthworm counts, and a decomposition index using red and green tea bags.
This event is designed for farmers who have participated in our Soil Health Benchmark Study in 2017 and are planning to contribute data again this fall. However, any other current farmers interested in soil health are welcome to attend!
Stay later for refreshments and a farmland access listening session with National Young Farmers Coalition!
Dr. Franklin Egan, Education Director, PASA: Franklin leads our education and research programs. Franklin and his team support farmer-to-farmer learning through our conference, events, and member networks; administer formal apprenticeships for beginning farmers; and coordinate farm-based research benchmarking the soil health, financial viability, and environmental footprints of our member farms.
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