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The Biology of Soil Health

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Wed. Oct 25, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location
Hamilton Conservation Authority

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The Biology of Soil Health

An interactive, hands-on workshop for farmers to better understand the abundant life in soil.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. REGISTER EARLY.


Topics will include:

  • Beneficial soil functions (water infiltration and holding capacity, natural fertility,
    disease suppression, and carbon sequestration)
  • Organisms of the soil food web (who eats whom and why it matters)
  • Requirements of healthy soil ecosystems
  • Basic soil health principles and
  • How all of the above relate to best management practices such as conservation tillage,cover crops, and organic amendments

Hands-on Exercises will include: identifying soil organisms, using a penetrometer, conducting slake tests.


Bonus Session:
At the end of the workshop, those interested may stay (until as late as 4:30 pm) to run some of the following tests on their own soil samples:

  • Bring approximately one cup sample of your own soil, and please leave any aggregates
    intact.
  • Using microscopes provided, and with assistance in using them from workshop staff,you’ll be able to view your own soil at 400x magnification to get a better understanding of the micro-organisms in your soil.
  • Take the fencerow/woodlot challenge where you can test your soil’s ability to keepits structure in wet conditions as compared to samples taken from fencerows and woodlots in your region (slake tests).

Pricing
Members: $25 & Non-Members: $35

Click here to register.

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