Monday, September 30, 2013

Building Healthy Soil - Don't Miss It - October 24, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. at Goodwood

Received this information from Will Sheftall, Leon County Extension Agent for Natural Resources.  Sounds like this is an event not to be missed if you are interested in building healthy soil for your plants. 

As a part of "Seven Days of Local Delights," Red Hills Farm Alliance is planning to screen the film "Symphony of the Soil" at Goodwood on OCT 24th, 6:00-9:30 pm. Check it out and mark your calendar so you can make plans to attend.  The event is a fundraiser for Red Hills Small Farm Alliance and tickets are $35.00.  Obtain them here. 

Film will be followed by a panel of local experts, including our area's first (in this era) commercial-scale practitioner/teacher of healthy soil techniques (Herman Hollley of Turkey Hill Farm), our area's first Master Gardener practitioner/teacher of healthy soil techniques (Ed Schroeder), the first US/IFAS soil scientist at our Quincy research station to teach about and promote the use of cover crops to build soil (Dr Cheryl Mackowiak), and a couple of other folks I don't yet know personally. Yours truly (Will Sheftall) was invited to moderate the panel discussion.

Also, there is a group of soil scientists and agronomists within USDA-NRCS that understands and is preaching "healthy soil" facts and techniques to their peers regularly via webinars. Getting professional conservation workers to convince farmers across the nation is the second step.
Thus far, there have been 17 Webinars on Soil Health that are now part of the on-line USDA-NRCS "Science & Technology Training Library." There are Webinars on lots of other topics as well. The Webinars are good. The PPTs are delivered by a wide variety of folks across the country. To see what's been produced, and to watch any or all of them, go to:

At the Wibinars link you will see a TOC of links to all previous Webinars on soil healthy. Navigate to the tab on "Previous Webinars" and you will get a topical TOC to all of the Webinars.

There are a number of local gardeners and permaculture practitioners who understand the importance of healthy soil and are working to build healthy soil. So the word is getting around nationally and locally. We all need to keep on talking about it every chance we get! And as well teach about it, the number of us who are building healthy soil locally and talking about it will grow...

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