April 5, 2018

Biology of the soil lunch and learn

Understand the abundant life in soil

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop for farmers to better understand the abundant life in soil. Learn how good soil health can increase yield, reduce fertilizer needs, prevent soil erosion and save money.

Topics include:

  • beneficial soils functions (water infiltration and holding capacity, natural fertility, disease suppression and carbon sequestration
  • organizms in the soil food web (who eats whom and why it matters) 
  • requirements of healthy soil ecosystems
  • basic soil health principles
  • how all the above related to best management practisce, conservation tillage, cover crops and organic amendment

Hand-on excercise will include identifying soil organisms, using a pentrometer and conducting slake and soil infilatration tests. Please bring a one-litre sample of you own soil to view under maginifcation

Advanced registation in reguired for the no-fee session as we need numbers for lunch.

Sarah Midlane-Jones, Bay of  Quinte RAP,  (613) 395-3915 ex 214, smidlanjonesatbqrap.ca, or Matt Caruana Hastings Stewardhip coordinator (613) 391-9034,  inoathastingsstewardship.ca

Download the programme below.

PDF icon Biology of the soil1.12 MB
516 Harmony Road, Gerry Masterton Thurlow Community Hall
Corbyville , ON K0K1V0
April 5, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:30
44° 14' 23.3628" N, 77° 23' 29.8284" W