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Farming with Nature: Improving Soil Health on Vegetable Farms
Workshops slated for Nov. 5th in Amherst and Nov. 6th in Dighton

Farmers who grow vegetables, fruit and field crops, are invited to attend a free workshop that will help them improve their soil’s capacity to function as a vital living system that sustains plant, animal and human health. Farming with Nature: Improving Soil Health on Vegetable Farms will be offered twice: on Wednesday, Nov. 5th in Amherst and on Thursday, Nov. 6th in Dighton.

Soil health expert Ray Archuleta – a.k.a. Ray The Soil Guy – of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s National Soil Health Team in Greensboro, North Carolina will join soil experts from UMass Extension’s vegetable team to cover the economics of soil health, the benefits of deep zone tillage, and cover crops for soil health.

The day will include classroom presentations, hands-on demonstrations and field exercises on rolling cover crops, a soil pit investigation, and a rainfall simulation on healthy and not-so-healthy soils. Pesticide recertification credits have been requested from the Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources.

Healthy soils rich in organic matter drain better, have greater disease resistance, and better water holding capacity in times of drought. Healthy soils are important to your bottom line, so register for one of these workshops today…space is limited!

Brought to you by:
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire conservation districts; UMass Extension and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE). This project has been financed with Federal funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under an s319 competitive grant. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of EPA or DEP, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

Western Workshop: Aimee Annichiarico, Aimee.Annichiarico@ma.usda.gov
Eastern Workshop: Mary McCaffrey, mary.mccaffrey@ma.usda.gov

Please register by November 1st.
A flyer with registration form and agenda is available:
Western Workshop
Eastern Workshop
The form may be completed electronically and submitted via email by clicking the button above the registration form, but this does not work in all browers. To use the fillable form, download the PDF file and open it in Adobe Reader (available here). Alternatively, you may register by mail. Print the registration form from the flyer and send it to:

Western workshop: USDA-NRCS, 195 Russell St., Suite B-6, Hadley, MA 01035.
Eastern workshop: BCCD, 84 Center St, Dighton, MA 02715 by November 1st.



Last update 2014 October 16