Date(s) - Wed. Oct 25, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hamilton Conservation Authority
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.
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
- 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).
Members: $25 & Non-Members: $35