Growing Healthy Soils at Cedar Circle Farm (Online)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Farmers, gardeners and soil enthusiasts, join NOFA-VT and the farmers at Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center on Tuesday, September 29th for this deep (virtual) dive into innovative tools and practices to grow nutritious food, build healthy soils, and fight climate change.
During this 2-hour virtual workshop, Cedar Circle's Director of Agriculture Nic Cook will join us to share video footage of the farm's innovative no-till practices and diverse cover crops. Cedar Circle Farm grows certified organic vegetables and fruit on 48 acres, and boasts a busy year-round farm stand, a thriving education program, and a strong commitment to environmental practices. The farm has been certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers since 2003 and is committed to being a leader in organic, regenerative practices and making innovative contributions to the greater food and farming movement.
Nic and NOFA-VT Policy Director Maddie Kempner will also share an update on Vermont's efforts to establish payments for ecosystem services, and other creative policy approaches to building healthy soils, protecting biodiversity, and recognizing the role of organic farms and farmers in combating the climate crisis.
Nicholas Cook, Director of Agriculture, Cedar Circle Farm
Nicholas Cook has been working at Cedar Circle Farm, a certified organic vegetable and fruit farm, located in the upper valley for over 15 years. Cedar Circle operates a farm stand, coffee shop, attends two local farmers markets and hosts an array of educational programming for children and adults. For the past six years he has been leading a team in developing a long-term plan for the farm’s field production to transition to a regenerative no-till soil management system. His approach to managing soil health on the farms 45+ acres of diversified production has a strong focus on biological diversity, both above and below the soil. Nic lives on the farm, with his wife Anya, their two-year-old son Finn and their dog Emma.