Soil Health Day

The Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario, in cooperation with the OMAFRA Soil Team, presents:

Dr. Christine Jones on How to Restore and Rebuild Soil and Multi-Species Cover Crop Demonstration

Healthy topsoil depends on us.
And our future depends on building healthy topsoil.
The greatest challenge and opportunity facing agriculture.

Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally renowned groundcover and soils ecologist with a PhD in Soil Biochemistry. She has worked with farmers on four continents – farmers intent on regenerating tired soil. She demonstrates how to restore the elements that will bring new life back into soil, build organic matter, improve soil structure, increase water retention capacity and create fertile ground.

Dr. Jones has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management practices that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate soil nutrient cycles, restore water balance, improve productivity and create new topsoil.

Wednesday August 12, 2015
Hewitt Creek Farms,1702 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil (near Barrie, Simcoe County)

$75 for 1st registrant, $25 for 2nd registrant. Bring your neighbour!
…includes barbeque lunch.
Register at www.ifao.com or call 519-986-3560

In the interest of the environment and reducing discarded plastic containers this will be a bring your own drink container event. We will have plenty of water and interesting drinks to fill those containers.

3.5 CCA Continuing Ed credits

Soil Health Day (pdf poster)

Agenda:

9:00 to 10:00 am   Registration opens
10:00 to 11:15 am   Dr. Christine Jones presentation
11:15 to 12:00 pm   Soil Stations
12:00 to 1:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 to 2:30 pm   Continue rotating through stations

Digging Deeper Soil Stations:
1. Single to Multi Species Cover Crops Demo
Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA
2. Soil Pit Demonstration
Doug Aspinall /Stewart Sweeney, OMAFRA
3. Rainfall Simulator demonstrating water filtration in conventional, minimum till, no till and cover crop covered soil.
Deanna Nemeth, OMAFRA
4. Managing Manure and No Till Cropping
Kevin Eisses, Hewitt Creek Farms

Register at www.ifao.com or call 519-986-3560.

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