SOIL MICROSCOPY: ZOOMING IN ON HEALTHY SOIL
Dangerous levels of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere derive not only from burning fossil fuels, but also from land use changes. Estimates suggest that agriculture is responsible for one quarter of greenhouse gas emissions globally.
Farmers can and must be part of the solution to climate change. With changes to farming, ranching and gardening practices, we can reverse the global trend of soil carbon losses and instead return atmospheric carbon back to the soil. Building soil carbon and soil health increases the profitability and climate resilience of farms by making soils more drought and erosion resistant while reducing input needs. And, it is a climate change mitigation strategy that simultaneously increases the security of our watersheds, ecosystems and food systems.
ORGANIC NO-TILL ON NORTHEAST FARMS: A PRACTICAL EXPLORATION OF SUCCESSFUL METHODS
This project supports the development of a learning community of northeast organic farmers who are integrating reduced and no-till methods currently on their farms, maps out what they are already doing and how it is working, defines what it currently means to be reduced/no-till in the northeast right now, and encourages further innovation, development, and education around these techniques to the wider farming community. The ultimate focus and goal of our investigation is to refine and educate about organic tillage reduction methods.
2021 NO-TILL FIELD DAYS
Watch the Sub-Edge Farm Field Day Recording
May 25th, 2021
Watch the Assawaga Farm Field Day Recording
September 20th, 2021