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, and Brian Caldwell

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 own successes and challenges, and think through next steps for better tarping on your farm.