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RESCHEDULED - Fertility Management in the Bio-Extensive Market Garden
David Fisher of Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA will discuss soil building and cropping cycles over a two-year period. David will orient the “field tour” around his five-part fertility program, which includes extensive cover cropping, compost application, soil testing and a customized mineral-based fertilizer blend, pre-plant fertilization and foliar crop feeding. David will also discuss seed inoculants, side-dressing and drenches for transplanting. Participants will learn about weed management techniques and using draft horses for fieldwork.
David Fisher has relied on workhorses to power Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA since 1997. With his wife, Anna Maclay, and their two children, David raises 3.5 acres of produce for 220 CSA shareholders and another 3.5 acres of soil-building crops. He has modeled many of the farm’s systems on the work of Anne and Eric Nordell. David focuses on weed control, biological fertility and intensive cover cropping. He manages 15 acres of hay and pastureland to feed his working herd. David uses horses for low-impact logging during winter months.
These workshops are offered at a moderate cost thanks to a generous grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture. This workshop offers a sliding scale fee from $10 to $20.
Pre-registration is recommended. For questions, or to register, contact Dan Lawton at (401) 523-2653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Where||URI East Farm 2095 Kingstown Rd, South Kingstown, RI 02879|
|Next on||This event is over.|
|Time||1:00 pm–3:30 pm|
|Who to bring||College Students, Moms, Dads, Singles, Seniors|
|Price||sliding scale fee from $10 to $20.|
More About URI East Farm
Located just off of the University of Rhode Island's Kingstown Campus on Route 108, East Farm is home to the College of Environment and Life Sciences. As you enter the campus, you are greeted by a series of trees and a pond on the right and access to the rest of the area on the left. Next, you pass the Fisheries Department building on the left and tee Master Gardener Volunteer Project on the left. The Volunteer Project is home to both a vegeatbale and flower garden. Set back at the end of the farm is the Plant Science Center, which conducts pesticide and mosquito research.