Soil Health for Vegetable Farmers: No-Till Vegetables

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  • RSVP to Nick Olson, LSP, nicko@landstewardshipproject.org, 320-269-1057

Join LSP, the Sustainable Farming Association, and U of M Extension for a series of virtual gatherings to discuss soil-building practices with fellow vegetable farmers. Gatherings will include a short video highlighting farmers who are leading the way with innovative soil health practices, followed by a question and answer, and a series of breakout discussions where participants can share their expertise and brainstorm soil health ideas with fellow farmers.

  • Dec. 2: 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: No-till vegetables with Racing Heart Farm. Els Macare and Les Dobrick operate a 2-acre no-till vegetable farm near Menomonie, Wis. Join them to learn about the tools and techniques they use and the lessons they’ve learned over the years.
  • Dec. 16: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cover crops with Cala Farm. Rodrigo Cala has been innovating with cover crops for years. In addition to common winter cover crops, he has experimented with a wide variety of summer cover crops between plantings, and is trialing new systems to integrate grazing as a means of terminating. In his session, Rodrigo will share current projects and reflections on novel systems he has tried.
  • Jan. 6: 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Building and navigating organic matter in various soil types with Tiffany LaShae. Tiffany LaShae has farmed all around the world, from rural Wisconsin and Saint Paul to Uganda and Ghana. She has worked with soils ranging from less than 1% to 15% organic matter, and has gained insight into growing vegetables successfully and sustainably in a wide variety of conditions. In her session, Tiffany will discuss strategies for building organic matter and making the most of your soil conditions.
  • January 20: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Scaling-up soil health with Featherstone Farm. How do we scale soil-health practices? Featherstone Farm is one of the largest and longest-running vegetable farms in Minnesota. Join Jack Hedin and Abby Benson as they share insights they have learned over the years, and strategies they use to care for their soil on 130 acres.

All sessions are participatory. Please come ready to discuss and to meet fellow farmers. Hmong interpretation will be provided.

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