[Market-farming] soil fertility continuing ed

Ann Sherrington annsherrington at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 11:04:11 EDT 2011


At the risk of sounding simplistic, I have a question on biochar:   if
biochar is based on charcoal created in a smothered fire, does it
follow that you could take commercial charcoal (not the briquettes,
the "real" stuff), pulverize it, add it to your soil, and get a
similar effect?

Ann Sherrington
Cape Breton

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 9:27 AM, Michael O'Connor <oldsudbury at gmail.com> wrote:
> The Real Food Campaign, a partner of Remineralize the Earth, has been doing
> courses in the Northeast covering soil fertility and nutrient density in
> vegetables. Dan Kitteridge is the presenter, and these courses have been
> sponsored through NOFA and other local organizations. Find out more about it
> at realfoodcampaign.org
> Michael O'Connor
> oldsudbury at gmail.com
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> On Mar 20, 2011, at 5:22 PM, KAKerby at aol.com wrote:
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> All this talk about lime actually brings up another topic.  I've been
> investigating the topic of soil fertility and concentrations of various
> elements, as that relates to livestock health while grazing and/or eating
> forage harvested from those soils.  Didn't take long for me to get into a
> real alphabet soup of elements and relationships between elements and how
> concentrations of this impacts that, how pH impacts the whole shebang, and
> why soil test results can vary so much between seasons, between fields and
> between years.  Made me feel like I needed to go back to school for a few
> more years just to sort out all this stuff.  Assuming for the moment that a
> return to full-time school is impractical, are there online courses or
> continuing ed courses I can take to learn more about soil fertility, without
> actually going back to University?  I've been doing the several-hours
> workshops thing as they are available, but that usually only whets my
> appetite for more, without answering many of my existing questions.  Maybe
> it's time to get into that topic a little more in depth, no pun intended.
> Thanks in advance......
> Kathryn Kerby
> frogchorusfarm.com
> Snohomish, Wa
> Ruminations - essays on the farming life at frogchorusfarm.com/weblog.html
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