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Soil Health Initiative

A long running workshop series to promote education and practice through hands-on demonstrations and field exercises on rolling cover crops, soil pit investigation, and rainfall simulation on healthy and not-so healthy soils. Healthy soils, rich in organic matter, drain better, have greater disease resistance, and better water holding capacity in times of drought.

CT RC&D holds two workshops per year in partnership with USDA NRCS staff, who provide valued expertise and instruction to attendees. These workshops are held around the state, typically on working farms and are highly attended by agricultural producers, non-profit, federal, and university staff.

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Upcoming Soil Health Workshops: Compost Conference - Spring 2020

August 14, 2019 Workshop: Silvopasture & Agroforestry 101

Speakers:

Joe Orefice, Hidden Blossom Farm
Jeff Jourdain, Consulting Forester
Jim Hyde, USDA NRCS CT
Bill Purcell, USDA NRCS CT
Andrea Urbano, CT DEEP Forestry

Want to learn more?

As part of the workshop, we have developed a resource guide for Silvopasture and Agroforesty. This includes helpful links and contacts.

August 9, 2018 Workshop: Healthy Soils = Profitable Soils

Soil Health Workshop Speakers & Presentations

"Your ration is as good as your forage: outside the box to improve forage quality" - Tom Kilcer, Advanced AG Systems

"Double cropping: making money on both ends of the season" - Tom Kilcer, Advanced AG Systems

"Hybrid trials & nitrogen rates on high manure corn fields" - Johnny Hoffman, Oakridge Dairy

April 26, 2018 Workshop: Organic Soils = Healthy Soils

Soil Health Workshop Speakers & Presentations

"Cover Crop Systems at Sub Edge Farm" - Rodger Phillips, Sub Edge Farm

"Introduction to Permaculture" - Cynthia Rabinowitz, NW Conservation District

"No Till Production" - Julie Rawson & Jack Kittredge, Many Hands Organic Farm

"The Importance of Compost & Compost Tea in Soil Health" - Leighton Morrison, Kingdom Aquaponics, LLC

"Integrating Pollinator Habitat Into Your Farm" - Kimberly Stoner, CT Ag Experiment Station