Practical Options for Food Production Resilience in an Increasingly Variable Climate--and the low-down on how farmers and land managers sequester carbon in the soil.
Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally-acclaimed agricultural consultant from Australia with a specific message regarding sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices. According to Dr. Jones, photosynthesis operating at full capacity is the critical element in soil humification. Among the many benefits of high-humus soils are an abundance of soil micro-organisms which manage and make available to the plants a broad range of minerals; more effective water management; and more vibrant plant health through improved plant immunity. Dr. Jones’ work focuses on how to maximize photosynthesis through biological processes. Her message is appropriate for anyone who raises food, for those who focus on conserving our natural resources, and for climate activists. See also http://www.amazingcarbon.com for more about Christine's message and work.
Please note that this event includes a potluck lunch. Bring a dish to pass, a drink mug, and a table setting. Event hosted and sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass).
Registration - $45 NOFA members; $54 non-members, by the early-bird deadline of August 10 (after August 10: $55 NOFA members; $64 non-members) through the NOFA/Mass website: http://www.nofamass.org/events/practical-options-food-production-resilience-increasingly-variable-climate#.U7bzHKhRF3Y For more information, please contact NOFA/Mass Education Events Coordinator Jamie Lombardo at [masked] or (860) 966-6368.
Can't attend on Sept. 1? A similar event will be held the next day, Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Amherst, MA, 9:00am to 3:00 pm, Immanuel Church followed by field trip to Simple Gifts Farm.
Carpool? Anyone interested in carpooling with other meetup members, please post a message below, including which day you are going and where you'll be coming from.