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PASA's 3rd Annual Soil Health Conference

September 28, 2017 Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event

Event Overview
  Spiral Path Farm
  538 Spiral Path Lane
  Loysville, PA 17047  
Soil Health Conference
Date & Time
  Thursday, September 28
  9am- Coffee and Check-in
  $35 Members
  $50 Non-members
  Free for approved scholarship recipients
Event Description
Soil health is the foundation of sustainability on any farm, but growing healthy soils requires special skills and a long-term perspective. Farmers Mike and Will Brownback will detail the practices and systems they have pioneered over decades on their 300 acre diversified certified organic vegetable farm in the hills of central Pennsylvania. Participants will learn about the Spiral Path approach to nurturing soil microbial communities for better plant health, explore their aggressive and creative cover cropping schedules, and hear tips for judiciously using tillage and cultivation in an organic crop rotation. We will also draw insights from PASA’s soil health benchmark study: an ambitious new project to set and exceed soil health goals on PASA farms through farmer-to-farmer research and education.

The day’s agenda features presentations, networking with sponsors, and in-field stations exploring: 
  • Composting Systems to Feed Soil Life
    with Mike Brownback and Rick Carr (The Rodale Institute)
  • Vermicomposting and Potting Mixes for Successful Veggie Transplants
    with Will Brownback and Elsa Sanchez (Penn State Extension)
  • Cover Cropping, Constantly
    with Mike Brownback, Charlie White (Penn State Extension), and Don Kretschmann (Kretschmann Organic Family Farms)
  • Soil Fertility, Pest Management, and Crop Production Tips
    with Will Brownback and Drew Smith (The Rodale Institute).
Registration will be open from 5/10/2017 to 9/26/2017 at noon.
Our Sponsors

Thanks to Our Title Sponsor Wegmans


Additional Sponsors:

AgriDynamics IncThe Fertrell CompanyKitchenTableConsultantsLancasterAgProductsMarroneBioInnovationsPCOCertifiedOrganicSeedway
Do you allow walk-ins?
Space is limited, but a certain number of walk-ins may be permitted. Call (814) 349-9856 for more information.
Is there financial aid for this event?
Yes, there are a limited number of scholarships available to both new and existing farmers who are looking to increase their knowledge of sustainable agriculture. To apply, check the box at the bottom of the page. Scholarship funds do not cover travel or lodging. 
What should I prepare/bring with me to this event?
This event will be outside, so dress accordingly.
Bring a reusable water bottle to fill on site and stay hydrated.
Bring a note-taking device.
If you have soil tests from your farm, bring your results to discuss and compare.
Remember your business cards- PASA events are an excellent networking opportunity.
Bring your questions! Make the most of this event by preparing several questions for the day.
Will food be served?
Yes, lunch is included with the registration fees. The menu has not yet been set.
What if I have food allergies?
After registering, please contact PASA with any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Requests made at least two weeks in advance can usually be accommodated.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Franklin Egan at (814) 349-9856 x21 or for more information about this event.
Registrant Information

Use the 5-digit Zip Code that you last gave PASA
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If you're a current PASA member, you'll be taken to the final page of registration for this event.
If you're not a current PASA member, you can join through our Annual Giving form or proceed with non-member pricing.

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