Time: All Day
Event by: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Event website: https://pasafarming.org/events/pasa-events/pasas-3rd-annual-soil-health-conference
About: 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.