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Keeping the soil covered: tarps, cover crops, mulch

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$50 – $100

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We aim for the highest possible fertility, a no till scenario, increased soil organic matter, and high nutrient density, disease and insect resistance, and as few weeds as possible. At this workshop we will discuss our 10 years of no till, a bit about our problems with this modality as they have evolved over the years, and the solutions that we have implemented. Always a work in progress, this fascinating journey is always full of new insights and observations.

Specifically, we will show how we use cover crops pre, post and during the season, tarps throughout the farming year, and myriad sources of mulch. We will demonstrate the use of our bale chopper, mulch some broccoli with chopped straw or hay and leaves, take down some cover crops and use a pre-plant soil drench for planting of tomatoes in the next 2-3 days. We will remove tarps from some of our sweet potato beds and prepare the beds for planting similar to the tomato beds. Finally, we will undersow inoculated (with biocoat gold) crimson clover in our mulched collard beds and apply a transplant drench to the beds.

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Event Details:

  • Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • 9am-12noon with pot luck lunch
  • Price – $50-$100 – sliding scale
  • Presenters –Julie Rawson, Elenore Alves, Matthew Kornn

Details

Date:
June 1
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
$50 – $100
Event Categories:
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Venue

Many Hands Sustainability Center
411 Sheldon Road
Barre, United States
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Organizer

Many Hands Organic Farm