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Unlocking the Renewable Wealth of Our Soils with Mark Fulford

Mark Fulford will guide us in a discussion on the best practices he has discovered in his world travels on caring for a farm’s most important asset –soil – in these challenging times.

As humans we have a choice of working in synchronicity with what is, or creating new problems as we increase our resource demands on the environment. Mark’s focus is to pull the wholeness of soil, plant, human and animal ecosystems together in plain language.

This is an interactive workshop and Mark will 'flex' the content depending on people's interests and responses to cover:

-build basic soil understandings and unravel some misunderstandings about: chemistry, pH, soil types & structures, misleading fertilizer laws and sciences, basic plant indicators.
-Reading the field
-Soil nutrition IS human nutrition
-Why wood ash is NOT a liming material
-Compost
-Inoculants - populating soils with teas, drenches and biological products that decompose & transfer elements to plants
-Seawater as an ionic soil amendment
-Understanding soil microbes and their relationships with plants
-Plant indicators – what they are and how they teach us observe soil, seed, and plant quality
-Crop 'pests' are not due to a lack of pesticides but are the unbiased indicators of balance or imbalanced soils and crop nutrition
-Loaded issues will be spoken to that have gotten our species into trouble with the natural world, and we will look at what we have done right as a guide forward

The health of a nation’s topsoil becomes the health of its people. These days consumers and producers are faced with challenges that require a fearless moral inventory of our food supply due to climate change, peak oil, and economic drift. These issues have lead to a worldwide condition of soil bankruptcy and ultimately a massive loss in human nutrition. The deepening dependency on chemicals and crop protection products has become a band-aid substitute for good farming practices. Beyond political interests, food labels, industry profits and the media, farmers and consumers need to relearn the fundamentals about soil and crop nutrition. Join Mark Fulford to find the path to soil recovery to rebuild real health and original wealth while developing skills & resources for local food independence.

Lunch provided.

Cost is $65/NOFA & Seacoast/Central Permaculture Meetup Members, $75/NonMembers.

TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE RSVP YES HERE THEN PAY NOFA-NH EITHER

1. THROUGH THIS LINK: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e6cw6qe7ee702dfc&oseq=

2. OR SEND YOUR CHECK FOR $65 PAYABLE TO NOFA-NH TO: NOFA-NH, 4 Park Street, Suite 208, Concord, NH 03301.

UNTIL YOU HAVE DONE THAT, YOU ARE NOT REALLY REGISTERED.... And it is first come, first served - and we do expect this workshop to fill up!

About Mark Fulford:

Mark is a well-known, independent farm consultant and educator whose range of topics and expertise encompasses: transitioning from conventional to organic and biological agriculture; soil, crop, and forage nutrition; and preparing agriculture for peak oil, climate change and economic drift. He also teaches non-electric water technologies, hands-on skills in organic orcharding, organic no-till crop production, commercial and small scale composting, as well as fundamental rural skills and small farm food preservation.

He has studied with some of the most accomplished mentors in biological agriculture: Dr. Arden Andersen, Neal Kinsey, Dan Skow, Gary Zimmer, Elaine Ingham, Jerry Brunetti, and Dr. Norman Uphoff, among others.

Mark addresses audiences from a wide range of backgrounds and philosophies embracing common sense, science and cultural wisdom for the times we live in. His lifelong study of the natural world and immersion in agriculture on his own farm and abroad, grounds his practices in experience. Mark and his wife Paula own and operate Teltane Farm in Monroe, Maine.

One of Mark's mottos is: "Quality of life is a health issue. Good health is food dependent and good food depends on soil health."

You can read more about Mark's work at teltanefarm.com

Cosponsored by Greater Seacoast Permaculture, Central NH Permaculture & NOFA NH.

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  • Brian T.

    A lot of great information. I wish we would have had the slides before the course. Would have made note-taking easier.

    November 4, 2012

  • Beth B.

    I'm also happy to carpool. I'm on 152 in Nottingham, so Patty, maybe you could come right to my house, or we could certainly meet up at the Northwood Park and Ride. Anyone else?

    November 2, 2012

  • Amy A

    How about carpooling? Let's talk about it here! I actually have to be there early with Mark, so might not be able to join in a carpool, but I encourage the rest of you to do so - maybe meeting at the park and ride in Northwood?

    November 1, 2012

  • Amy A

    A note from NOFA, confirming that all is in place for the workshop, despite the storm:

    Greetings Everyone, I hope that the storm has left you, your familes and your farm unscathed! It was a scary event for all of us and a very good reminder to be prepared - batten down the hoop houses, keep our soils covered with cover crop to prevent erosion, and keep our trees well pruned. The good news is that the Saturday, November 3rd Mark Fulford workshop will be happening as scheduled. Lunch will be provided by The Works Deli in Concord, NH. Thank you and see you on Saturday, Christine Doherty Pressman

    November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all~ looking forward to joining you down there, but as it's a long way from my home in the western Whites & I'm attending both days, I'm hoping to find someone who would be willing to host me for the night. I can bring my own bedding/camping stuff along with bribes of your preference :)

    October 30, 2012

    • Maya

      anDrea, You are welcome to stay at Rob and Maya's home in Pittsfield on Saturday night. We have a dog and three cats (fyi - if allergic). Our futon is available....no need to bring bedding stuff unless you prefer to. Call if you are interested[masked]-5478.­ Rob is attending both days and I'll be there on Saturday only.

      October 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you so much for your offer... quite heartwarming to get a response so soon! Though I was able to line something up with another participant I met earlier this summer :) But I do love the 4-leggeds so might have to take a raincheck for another event! See you Sat....

      October 30, 2012

  • Rob

    For those undecided; If you could only take one training subject regarding gardening and farming, this would be THE most important one you could take.

    October 10, 2012

  • Amy A

    Ok - it is all set now... just note that the money needs to go to NOFA to make your registration official.

    September 8, 2012

  • Amy A

    Yep, I know, I'm still working out a few kinks with them. It IS happening, but as I wrote earlier, there are a few details they need to confirm/decide on. I VERY much hope to have it all cleared up by the end of this week and will update anything needed here.

    September 5, 2012

  • Rob

    It's not on the McLane center calendar either.

    September 5, 2012

  • Rob

    Amy,
    I went to the NOFA NH website and can't find any info that they are offering this.

    September 5, 2012

  • Amy A

    wow, you all are quick! I didn't even notice that it had opened itself up for rsvps! I'm so glad there is such interest... but I had to close them again for the moment. I am waiting on an ok from nofa about some of the registration details. I really want you all to be sure you know everything before you sign up - I don't like springing changes on you - so let's hope they just say yes to what I have already written. I will let you know, and hope to reopen it for more to sign up any day now...

    September 4, 2012

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