TOPIC: Soil Health Field Workships - 9/14

Soil Health Field Workships - 9/14 4 years 6 months ago #236

This is a reminder and update for the two Soil Health Field Workshops for Agricultural Service Providers happening next week.


· The workshops have been approved for 3 MD Nutrient Management CEUs and 2 Pesticide Private Applicator CEUs each (CCA credits are still pending).

· The workshops will feature delicious local ice cream (see below).

These programs are designed to showcase farmers taking excellent care of their soil resource, and the innovative practices that are part of their toolboxes. In addition to a farm tour at each location, there will be a discussion on best outreach practices for Ag. Service Providers: how we can help farmers reach the decision point to do something differently to better their operation and our environment, just like the Ernsts and Paulks.

I hope to see you there!

Sept. 14 – Ernst Farm


$15 (includes refreshments and SARE USB Library)

--featuring Misty Meadow Farm Creamery Ice Cream

REGISTER by Sept. 11:

Steve and Josh Ernst

Clear Spring, Washington Co., MD

· Smart Green and Growing 2011 Excellence in Agricultural Stewardship Award; Certified Agricultural Conservation Steward Award

· 500 ac. of 100% no-till row crops, with some fields untilled for 75 years

· Corn planted into clover

· 4 year rotation with 5 crops

· Steve is a sought-after Certified Crop Advisor

· GMO-free grain

· Also swine, sheep, and hay production

Sept. 16 – Sassafras Creek Farm


$15 (includes refreshments and SARE USB Library)

--featuring Miller Farm Ice Cream

REGISTER by Sept. 14:

David and Jennifer Paulk

Leonardtown, St. Mary’s Co., MD

· Certified Organic produce and some grain

· 4-5 year crop rotation

· 6 species of cover crops

· Direct marketing, wholesale, and restaurant sales

· Featured speaker: Sarah Hirsh, PhD candidate researching long-term deep-soil effects of tillage radish

· Converted farm from conventional grain

These programs are designed for Agricultural Service Providers but are open to all.
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