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Foundations of Crop Production: Soil Health
February 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
Soil is the basis of everything we do as farmers. In this session, we’ll learn from the perspectives of both a farmer and a soil scientist, about how to monitor, improve, and sustain the soil we rely on so much. To till or not to till, how to read a soil test, manure vs. compost, and other conundrums will be addressed in this invaluable discussion of our most necessary resource.
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Michael Torbett – Terra Vita Farm (NC)
First generation farmer with a degree in biology. Started farming to avoid pit falls of our dietary system and medical system but also to persue a less dependent life style. We use biological practices to grow food on our farm, permanent ecosystems and hedgerows for beneficials, grow a diverse selection of crops, minimal/no till, no spray of any biocides, using compost and amendments to add life, minerals, and essential nutrients back into our land. We strive to educate and offer the most nutrionally healthy food possible for our customers and their bodies! We grow seasonal produce, microgreens, herbs, medicinals, mushrooms, honey, hemp and offer other value added products as well.
Melanie Stock – Utah State University
I am an Assistant Professor and Small Farms Extension Specialist at Utah State University. I am also a professional soil scientist and urban homesteader. Growing up in the city, I loved gardening with my Dad, and then later working with community gardens in Wisconsin. At Utah State, I work on a lot of topics around urban and small farms, but all relate to the soil. Sustainable soil nutrient, water, and contaminant management; producing high-value crops (cut flowers!), beginner farmer education, and incorporating small livestock are my top programs.