News/Events - January 2011
Farms at Work hosted a successful EFO soils workshop in Warkworth on Saturday January 15, 2011. The workshop was led by long-time farmer Ken Laing. Twenty-four people attended, representing farms in Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes, Frontenac, and Prince Edward Counties. Interestingly, when soil tests were compared among farms over this wide geographical area, a combination of extremely high calcium levels, mediocre potassium and phosphorus levels and neutral pH gave an unreliable cation exchange capacity (CEC) value for all farms. This reflects the limestone origins of the soils in the region. To correct low phosphorus and potassium levels, Ken recommended the application of compost to most of these soils, but warned against over-application because the resulting high nitrogen levels would cause weed problems. Work needs to be done to develop a regional strategy to maximize the health and capabilities of the soils in the region using sustainable inputs.
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Call now and register for this January 15 workshop in the Kawarthas region.
Have you wondered how to really understand your soil tests? How to address deficiencies or other imbalances? Here is your chance to bring along your own soil test results and get some great practical advice.
If you have soil test results bring them to the workshop, as there will be an opportunity for individual interpretation.
Finding the Balance: Soil Testing and Amendments
A one-day course that helps farmers interested in using naturally occurring (non-synthetic) amendments to meet the nutrient requirements of their crops. Soil test results will be analyzed with an eye to how to balance each nutrient with others, what nutrients levels are optimal in that balance and if and when amendments are needed. There will be class time to look at your individual soil test results. Information will be provided on sourcing amended. Sponsored locally by Farms at Work. Bring a lunch.
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Location: Warkworth (Northumberland County)
Cost: $50 for Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFO) members, $70 for non-members
For more information and to register, contact Karen Maitland at 519-822-8606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring Your New Farm Dream is a course for people who are thinking about starting a commercial farm business. Over 12 hours (four three-hour sessions) and one day of farm tours, the Explorer course guides participants through an in-depth self-assessment process to identify the specific aptitudes, interests, skills and resources needed in a new farm business. Sponsored locally by Farms at Work.
Dates: February 12, 19, March 5, 12, 19.
Cost: $300/person or $400 for two people from the same farm
Farms at Work will be featured on CHEX news at 6pm either today or tomorrow, January 7. The story covers the support and training opportunities we are providing for new farmers in the region, including the Exploring your New Farm Dream course starting on February 12.
If you miss it, we’ll try and post it here when it becomes available.