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Soil health for vegetable farmers

Event information

Date

Add to Calendar 2020-12-02 12:00:00 2021-01-20 20:30:00 Soil health for vegetable farmers Join four innovative farmers, UMN Extension, and the Land Stewardship Project for a series of virtual gatherings to discuss soil-building practices with vegetable farmers who are caring for their soils and their communities. Gatherings will include a short video highlighting farmers who are leading the way with innovative soil health practices, a Q&A session, and a series of breakout discussions where participants can share their expertise and brainstorm soil health ideas with fellow farmers. Hmong interpretation will be provided. Meeting time Dec. 2 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. - No-till vegetables with Racing Heart Farm Dec. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Scaling-up soil health with Featherstone Farm Jan. 6 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. - Building and navigating organic matter in various soil types with Tiffany LaShae Jan. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Cover crops with Cala Farm America/Chicago public

Location

Online

Contact

Larisa Hohrman, Extension admin specialist
jenri001@umn.edu or 651-480-7732

Join four innovative farmers, UMN Extension, and the Land Stewardship Project for a series of virtual gatherings to discuss soil-building practices with vegetable farmers who are caring for their soils and their communities. Gatherings will include a short video highlighting farmers who are leading the way with innovative soil health practices, a Q&A session, and a series of breakout discussions where participants can share their expertise and brainstorm soil health ideas with fellow farmers.

Hmong interpretation will be provided.

Meeting time

  • Dec. 2 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. - No-till vegetables with Racing Heart Farm
  • Dec. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Scaling-up soil health with Featherstone Farm
  • Jan. 6 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. - Building and navigating organic matter in various soil types with Tiffany LaShae
  • Jan. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Cover crops with Cala Farm

Audience

  • Vegetable farmers and growers

Cost

Free

Registration

Registration is required.

Farmer-to-Farmer Conversations

December 2: No-Till Vegetables With Racing  Heart Farm (12-1:30 p.m.) 

Les Macare and Els Dobrick operate a 2-acre no-till vegetable farm near Menomonie Wisconsin. Join them to learn about the tools and techniques they use, and the lessons they’ve learned over the years,  and bring your own insights and questions to share.  

December 16: Scaling-up Soil Health With  Featherstone Farm (7-8:30 p.m.) 

Featherstone Farm is one of the largest, longest-standing fresh market certified organic vegetable farms in MN. Join Jack Hedin and Abby Benson as they share insights they have learned over the years and strategies they use to care for their soil. Come with ideas and questions about scaling-up soil health.  

January 6: Building And Navigating  Organic Matter In Various Soil Types With  Tiffany Lashae (12-1:30 p.m.) 

Tiffany LaShae has farmed all around the world, from rural Wisconsin to St. Paul to Uganda and Ghana. She has worked with soils ranging from less than 1% to  8% organic matter and has gained insight into growing vegetables successfully and sustainably in a  wide variety of conditions. Join Tiffany to learn about her experiences, and to share your experiences growing vegetables in different types of soil.  

January 20: Cover Crops With Cala Farm (7-8:30 p.m.) 

Rodrigo Cala has been innovating with cover crops for years. In addition to common winter cover crops he has experimented with a wide variety of summer cover crops between plantings and is trialing new systems to integrate grazing as a means of terminating. Join Rodrigo to learn about his current projects, and to share your own experiences with cover crops. 

 

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