Rotational No-till & Mulching Systems for Organic Vegetable Farms
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 3:30pm to 6:30pm
The Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition brings Jan-Hendrik Cropp from Under Cover in Germany to deliver critical information that Vermont farmers can employ to better mitigate the effects of flooding, drought, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms.
Learn to create no-till or low-till organic cropping systems using diverse living and/or dead mulches (such as cover crops and clover-grass cuttings), along with rotational conservation tillage to increase soil health, suppress weeds, and keep soils structured.
After a general introduction to the different mulching systems we want to discuss how these systems could be implemented on a Vermont- or farm-specific level. Jan will also introduce hands-on methods for testing soil structure and aggregate stability that are useful for a day-to-day farming operation and inform us if a no-till or conservation tillage procedure is the right choice.
In this 3 hour presentation, we’ll start indoors and then move outside for examples on the farm. Please, dress appropriately.
Spaces for both locations are limited. Please register in advance to ensure a seat.
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont NOFA-VT, Soil Carbon Coalition, Soil4Climate, Center for Sustainable Agriculture - UVM Extension, Regeneration Vermont, Shrewsbury Institute for Agriculture Education (SAGE)
Learn more about the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition here: www.vermonthealthysoilscoalition.org
For more information, contact Cat Buxton at [email protected]