NO-TILL FARMING AT FOUR WINDS FARM

Level: Intermediate
Presenters: Jay Armour and Jenna Kincaid

Twenty-three years ago as an attempt to reduce weed pressure, Jay and Polly Armour stopped plowing and rototilling and developed a no-till approach to farming. Join Jay Armour and beginning farmer and Four Winds farm manager Jenna Kincaid to learn how Four Winds was able to increase their soil organic matter through no-till. Plus, you'll learn about their newer approaches to make their system even more efficient.


WORKING WITH LIVING SOIL

Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Jean-Martin Fortier

Jean-Martin will explain his approach to healthy soil and present the practices he has been using and testing on his farms over the years. He will cover the topics of perma-beds, using ramial woodchip, learning how to rely on compost teas, and going beyond no-till. This workshop will provide concrete techniques that participants can replicate on their lands to favor healthy soils, and resources to learn more about soil microbiology.

 

Integrated crop planning with Tend and Jean-Martin Fortier

Level: Intermediate
Presenters: Jean-Martin Fortier, Stephan Garaffo, and Robert Dubois Jr.

Having a static crop plan can get you only so far. When you use Tend, your plan is integrated throughout the software, so that your operations become streamlined. In this session we will explore the value your farm will get when you create robust crop plans using Tend. Jean-Martin Fortier will join the discussion to highlight the benefits Tend's features offer his own farm projects and how they will add value to your operation.


FROM THE GROUND UP: AN UNEDITED LOOK AT THE FAILURES, SUCCESSES AND FUTURE OF A FIRST-YEAR MARKET FARM

Level: Beginner
Presenter: Eric Houppert

Land selection, crop-planning, revenue strategies, farmers markets, site design, greenhouse construction, wash and pack logistics, employees, and business accounting are just a handful of the hundreds of considerations to wrestle with when starting a farm. Deep Root Farm began production in the spring of 2018 by turning ¾ acre of open pasture with no infrastructure into $50,000 of revenue its first year. Come hear farmer Eric Houppert discuss his process for beginning a new farm in today’s market, the inevitable mistakes made along the way, and his plans for growth as he seeks to build a profitable, efficient and lasting market farm on his five acre piece of land.


HALF-DAY INTENSIVE: TARPS, TILLAGE AND TIME - WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH YOUR SOILS AND WEEDS?

Level: Beginner
Presenters: Haley Rylander, Ryan Maher, Brian Caldwell and Liz Martin

Using black tarps in crop management can reduce tillage, reduce weed pressure, increase crop yield, and preserve prepared soil for weeks or even months prior to planting. Learn about research results and farmer experiences on best strategies to integrate tarping into vegetable systems. Come prepared to have a deep discussion, share your successes and challenges, and think through next steps for better tarping on your farm.