[Market Farming] Fwd: Life in the soil
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lflj at bellsouth.net
Wed Aug 31 20:56:21 EDT 2011
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Subject: Life in the soil
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:04:29 -0500
From: Rodale Institute <info at rodaleinst.org>
To: lflj at bellsouth.net
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We are pleased to present the first in a series of courses that will
help improve your knowledge and skills needed to understand what healthy
soil is all about.
*Life in the Soil
**A three day workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham*
October 7 to October 9, 2011
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dr. Elaine Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist who joined the
Rodale Institute in January 2011 as its Chief Scientist. Elaine has
served in academia for more than three decades helping thousands of
individuals and companies improve their agricultural practices through a
deep understanding of what soil health really means.
Elaine’s engaging personality and teaching style make it easy to
comprehend how important life in the soil is to every enterprise, from
the backyard garden or a small organic farm, to the multimillion dollar
golf course. Her teachings provide the “missing link” to successful
organic practice. Once you understand the soil biology all the other
pieces: compost, cover crops, weed management, fertilizing, no till; are
no longer entirely separate issues that often conflict with one another.
The knowledge she provides allows for a holistic and much simpler, and
often less expensive, approach.
The class is structured in three modules that will build the
foundational knowledge for future explorations of individual growing
systems: vegetables, grains, orchards, landscape turf, etc.
*Friday, October 7th, 2011*
Introduction: A couple examples of what is possible if soil life is
The difference between soil and dirt
What life is present in the soil: A pictorial safari through good soil.
The process of going sustainable:
Why do we think that inorganic salt fertilizers and pesticides
are required to grow plants?
How do you get off the toxic chemical band-wagon?
Why controlling life in the soil will remove weeds
*Saturday, October 8th, 2011*
What do the "good guys" do in soil to promote plant growth?
Water-holding and soil structure
Decomposition of toxins
Deciphering soil chemistry
*Sunday, October 9th, 2011*
Balances of organisms: what do different plants require?
Disturbance: what does it do to bacteria, fungi, protozoa,
nematodes, microarthropods and earthworms.
Managing your microherds for maximum production
This class is appropriate for beginning practitioners. We recommend you
register for the whole course for a complete learning experience.
Organic lunch, snacks and refreshments are included in the course tuition.
*Overnight accommodations* are available for special rates ($110/night)
at two hotels situated in close proximity to Rodale Institute.
Transportation to and from the hotel is included in tuition cost.
Additional details will be provided after you register.
*Course tuition* is $575 for the three day course or $225 individual days.
Space is limited to 20 participants.
REGISTER for the three-day course
REGISTER for two days
REGISTER for one day
/For questions or to register by phone, call 601-683-6009./
611 Siegfriedale Road | Kutztown, PA 19530 US
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