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Building Soil from the Ground Up, a NOFA-VT Summer On-farm Workshop, Cedar Mountain Farm, Hartland

25 Linden Rd
Hartland, VT

Building Soil from the Ground Up
August 11, Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
Cedar Mountain Farm in Hartland, VT
A NOFA-VT On-Farm Summer Workshop Series

Join farmers Stephen Leslie and Kerry Gawalt on a tour of their farm, they’ll talk about their soil fertility building practices and nutrient management program.

Educator and soil enthusiast, Cat Buxton, will lead a hands-on soil building workshop. Learn simple techniques for building up the soil carbon sponge in your lawn, vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. Employing the soil health principles can enhance photosynthesis and capture water, enabling the soil micro biome to flourish and vastly improve nutrient uptake in plants. We’ll cover the basics of techniques like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services and bank nutrients. We’ll explore a variety of visual soil assessment tools and evidence-based monitoring techniques to measure if our land management practice are improving ecosystem services. 
BRING: Proper footwear and clothing for field work including sun and tick protection.

COST: $40 NOFA-VT members. $50 non-members. Lunch included.
CONTACT: Kyla Bedard at NOFA-VT