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Soil Health on the Farm: Concepts & Techniques to Assess & Maintain Healthy Soil (Clemson, SC)

Friday, August 17, 2018

8:30am – 12:30pm

Clemson University Student Organic Farm

190 Field Station Road, Clemson, SC

 $5 CFSA Members, $10 Non-members

Register at: www.carolinafarmstewards.org/soilhealthclemson

Registration deadline is Monday, August 13, 2018

Come learn about how to assess soil health on the farm, the practices that support it, and why it’s important. We’ll cover the basics of how soil fertility, physical properties, and soil biology are related, and discuss a variety of management strategies that promote soil health, including what researchers at Clemson have learned from years of no-till research. We’ll tour research plots at Clemson’s Student Organic Farm, and demo soil sampling techniques and key organic no-till equipment. We’ll also cover different soil testing methods, and discuss which might be right for your farm.

SPEAKERS

Mark Dempsey, Farm Services Coordinator, CFSA

David Robb, Clemson Student Organic Farm Manager

AGENDA

8:30 - 9:00                 Registration & Introductions

9:00 - 9:45:                Soil Health Concepts

9:45 - 10:30:             Cover Crops for No-Till Production: What we’ve learned from research (David Robb)

10:30 - 10:45:           Break

10:45 - 11:15:           Tour of cover crop and no-till plots at the SOF with time for Q&A

11:30 - 12:15:           Soil Testing and Techniques for Assessing Soil

12:15-12:30               Wrap-up and adjourn

REGISTRATION

$5 CFSA Members, $10 Non-members. Please register at: www.carolinafarmstewards.org/soilhealthclemson  

Hosted by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Clemson University. Funding for this workshop provided by the South Carolina Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).