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Soil Health: Real Farms, Real Problems, Real Solutions

March 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

You understand the fundamentals of building healthy soils, but you’re struggling to put everything you know into practice as you try to balance the long list of demands that come along with running a farm business. Sound familiar?

In this workshop, we’ll explore the kinds of soil health challenges revealed by our Soil Health Benchmark Study that are not only preventing farmers from implementing sustainable soil management techniques, but also preventing them from maximizing yields and profits.

We’ll explain how we use Cornell’s Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health—a soil test developed to provide a more holistic picture of soil attributes than standard nutrient-focused tests—to quantify soil’s physical, biological, and chemical features. We’ll highlight some of the ways farmers participating in our study have used this data to build organic matter, increase living cover, reduce inputs, and manage tillage on their farms.

We’ll also break into discussion groups to troubleshoot case studies demonstrating real soil health challenges occurring on three different types of farms—pastured livestock, row crop, and vegetable farms. (You’ll be able to choose which of the three case study discussion groups to participate in.)

Are you currently contributing to our Soil Health Benchmark Study? This workshop will help you draw new insights from your benchmark reports, and help you develop new strategies for tackling your soil health challenges.

Are you interested in joining our Soil Health Benchmark Study? You’ll be able to enroll in the project at this workshop!

Facilitators

  • Franklin Egan, PASA
  • Bob Schindelbeck, Cornell Soil Health Lab
  • Ben Hushon, Woodside Vu Farm
  • Jarrah Cernas, Chicano Sol Farm
  • Matt Bombgardner, Blue Mountain View Farm

Additional information

  • Lunch is included with registration. 
  • This event qualifies for one SmartStart credit through AgChoice Farm Credit. SmartStart allows young and beginning farmers to earn credits toward a reduced interest rate on a new AgChoice loan by attending educational events.

Questions?

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

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Details

Date: Wed, March 13, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Lancaster Farm and Home Center
1383 Arcadia Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601

Cost: Member | $15 Non-member | $25 Soil Health Benchmark Study participants | Free

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Event Category: PASA Events