This is a 2-day workshop:
January 19th, 9:30-4:30
March 30th, 9:30-4:30
Payment covers both days.
To register or learn more, click on the link below:
Learn innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing nutrient dense food from soil expert and organic farmer Dan Kittredge.
$150 for two full days (14 hours) of instruction
Must RSVP here: http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=5641
The learning focus of the courses includes soil biology, mineralogy, and energy dynamics. Each session will consist of classroom style discussion including review of soil tests. Participants are encouraged to interact and form a network of like minded growers and eaters.
The courses will begin with an analysis of participants' soil tests, discussion about cover crops, and recommended soil amendments. These are ways to build the ‘battery’ of the soil and stimulate its digestive processes to assure maximum potential for effective crop growth and improved yield in the following spring and summer.
Specific forward-looking topics and themes will be addressed and explored, and a gradual immersion will take place as we reach an increasing depth of understanding about the multi-faceted nature of the biological system of the soil and the interaction that takes place between the soil, the air, the plants and our observations and interventions.
Principles and Practices to Be Covered:
Treating for Deficiencies:
• overview of soil depletion
• causes and options for rebalance
• interpreting soil tests
• composting for fungal or bacterial dominance
• seed vitality and sources
• biological inoculation
Principles of Biological Farming:
• biological symbiosis as ideal mode of feeding
• complete and incomplete compound creation
Course participants will learn:
• to‘read’ soils and plants
• to identify the growth stages, processes and limitations of plants
• the ‘language’plants share with soil and surrounding air
Participants will receive:
• monthly e-newsletters to supplement the course presentations.
• answers to FAQs
• timely responses throughout the growing season
• protein synthesis and proteolysis and correlation to post and disease pressure
Management systems and steps to realize potential Vital Health in the Field:
• strategies to address limiting factors before and after they show up
• nutrient drenches and foliar sprays
• testing-conductivity, pH, tissue, weak acid, refractometers and brix measurements
• secondary plant metabolyte production as primary insect and disease management strategy
•effecting expansion and fruiting aspects of growth
Managing Crops Through the Season:
• observing, understanding and managing plant structure and development
• learning from weeds
• proactive methods of dealing with disease
• crop energetic
• prolonging the harvest
$150 - Dec 15, 2012 - Jan 18, 2012
$175 - At the door
Inquire about barter opportunities for reduced rates.