Vital Signs: Knowing Soil from the Ground Up
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
How do we know if our management practices are working? Educator and soil enthusiast, Cat Buxton, will lead a hands-on soil health workshop at Wild Water Farm in Quechee. We’ll start with a simple understanding of landscape function and the soil health principles to create conditions for building the soil carbon sponge in your lawn, vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. Employing the soil health principles can enhance photosynthesis and capture water, enabling the soil micro biome to flourish and vastly improve nutrient uptake in plants. We’ll review the basic practices like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services. We’ll explore a variety of visual soil assessment tools and evidence-based monitoring techniques to measure if our land management practice are improving ecosystem services.
BRING: Proper footwear, water, and clothing for field work including sun and tick protection.