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Master soil health management in 2018

Posted by Melissa Cipollone at Mar 05, 2018 11:20 AM |
Master your soil health management practices by participating in our 2018 Soil Health Benchmark Study—a citizen-science project that supports farmers in monitoring soil health and planning for improvement. Join us this month at a hands-on workshop or webinar to learn how you can join the study.

Master your soil health management practices by participating in our 2018 Soil Health Benchmark Study—a citizen-science project that supports farmers in monitoring soil health and planning for improvement. Join us this month at a hands-on workshop or webinar to learn how you can join the study.

Soil TesterStudy participants receive subsidized comprehensive soil tests issued by the Cornell Soil Health Testing Laboratory and soil reports issued by PASA. They will also have the opportunity to connect with a learning community of their peers working to fine-tune their soil health management through cover cropping, tillage, and amendment strategies.

While this year’s study focuses on diversified vegetable farms, row crop and dairy farmers may gain insights from the research and workshops as well.

Workshop agenda:

  • Introduction to Cornell University’s Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health, presented by Bob Shindlebeck and Aaron Ristow, Cornell Soil Health Lab

  • Step-by-step guide to participating in PASA’s 2018 Soil Health Benchmark Study, presented by Franklin Egan, PASA

  • Hands-on activity: Scientific soil sampling

  • Farm tour: Soil health systems and practices

  • Breakout groups: Practical soil health problem solving

Workshop schedule:

Franklin Soil TestRegister at www.pasfarming.org/events or call 814-349-9856

Cost: $15 PASA members, $25 non-members (lunch included)

Contact PASA Director of Education Franklin Egan (franklin@pasafarming.org) with questions about the workshop or research project.

 


 

“Participation in the PASA study has an excellent opportunity to think critically about our soil management strategy,” says Deirdre Flemming of Two Gander Farms and Apiary, an organic vegetable operation in Chester County. “Benchmarking our farm's soil health relative to other farms put our results into context, and offered an opportunity to learn more about the management practices of farms with high ratings.” Deirdre and her husband Trey have contributed to the research since 2016, and have used the information to guide improvements in their fall cover cropping.



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