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----- Original Message -----From: SeanSent: Monday, September 13,[masked]:15 PMSubject: [permaculture-61] Real Food Campaign workshop series.
I'm just getting done with this course. This course hits some of the finer details from what you get at the PDC regarding soil nutrients. Much of it comes from the work of Carey Reams (see "Science In Agriculture" by Arden Andersen). Not only do you learn about tuning the mineral balance, but you learn about what various weeds and their condition tell you about the soil here in the Northeast, what different pathogens indicate, how to monitor to prevent weeds, pests, and disease (and how to intervene effectively). You'll learn how to formulate amendments and compost teas customized to the land it will be applied. Much more....
I can only imagine where this might go when combined with Edible Forest Gardens. I see as a new frontier for Permaculture, along the lines of key line design and the natural way of farming. We need more people into this subject, as it partly depends on proper seed "production" (seeds with a documented lineage, etc), local plant knowledge, local sources for nutrients, local soil biology sources, etc.
Each 5-session course is $300 per person. Benefits of registration are twice monthly newsletters and comprehensive soil test analysis and consultation from Dan Kittredge.
VermontShelburne Farms Shelburne, VT
Saturdays: Oct 2, Dec 4, Mar 5, Apr 30, June 25
The Mountain School Vershire, VT
Sundays: Oct 3, Dec 5, Mar 6, May 1, June 26
New YorkHawthorne Valley Farm Ghent, NY
Sundays: Oct 24, Jan 16, Mar 20, May 22, July 17
Stone Barns Center Pocantico Hills, NY
Sunday Oct 10
Saturdays: Dec 18, Mar 12, May 14, July 16
ConnecticutThe Growing Green Co-op Hartford, CT
Saturday Oct 9
Sundays: Dec 19, Mar 13, May 15, July 10
MassachusettsSimple Gifts Farm Amherst, MA
Saturdays: Sep 25, Nov 30, Feb 12, May 7, July 9
Brix Bounty Farm Dartmouth, MA
Saturdays: Oct 16, Jan 8, Feb 19, Apr 16, June 18
Jones Farm Chelmsford, MA
Sundays: Oct 17, Jan 9, Feb 20, Apr 17, June 19
This course is designed to inform and support participants to grasp and apply innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops that lead to healthier human lives. The learning focus of the course will be about soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. At the same time, we will be establishing a relational infrastructure that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration between individuals and with organizations, enabling them to implement solutions to questions and issues that arise in this process.
The course will begin in the early fall 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 spring. Specific topics and themes will be addressed and explored in each successive session, 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.
Each session will consist of a classroom style discussion in the morning and an afternoon of practice and demonstrations. A more complete course description is available for download here, and will be sent to all registrants prior to the opening session.
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