MN Organics Conference January 8 and 9, 2016

Check out their website for details: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/food/organic/conference.aspx

I will be offering the following information on January 8 and 9.

January 8, 2016
Session 1 : The Art of Microherding – Establishing below ground diversity for above ground resilience
This course will begin with understanding how the soil food web is a tool that can be used to increase productivity in all growing systems.  You will be introduced to the key organisms that are responsible in holding and releasing soil fertility. The discussion of their food and environmental preferences will allow you to understand why they may or may not be present in your growing system. We will discuss applications of composts, extracts and teas and how you can know you are using the products that will  make a change in the growing system.  Please attend Identifying the Microherd to understand how to identify and qualify the soil organism presence in your products or growing system.
January 9, 2016
Session 2: Identifying the Microherd – Create an on farm lab to monitor efficiency in your soil and in living soil products
Have you ever wanted to see what soil organisms are in your soil, your compost or that tea your buying?  Using simple microscope methods you will be able to track what life in active and present in your soil now and how/if it’s changing based on the treatments you are putting on the land.    This course will introduce you to the basics of identifying and accounting for beneficial organism presence in soil, composts, extracts and teas.  We will discuss how to sample, when to sample and how to be sure that the organisms are getting onto your land.  Welcome to the underground!  Let’s build some soil! *This course is a continuation of Session 1, it is highly recommended for you to attend session one to gain the most from this course.
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