Soil Health and Function: Farmers Investing in Soils for Climate Change

Mon, March 7
3:00 pm-4:30 pm
California Salon 1

Soil Health and Function: Farmers Investing in Soils for Climate Change

This panel will share their wealth of knowledge and expertise on the subject of building overall soil health with practical information and guidance for farmers, especially those who farm in California. Rex Dufour will start with an overview of how soils function and the role of organic matter in healthy soils, and provide information about how to reduce run-off and nutrient loss, and increase water infiltration and soil moisture holding capacity. Carl Rosato will discuss practices, observations and lessons learned in 20+ years of organically farming stonefruit, managing diverse high carbon plant residue amendments to create habitat for beneficial organisms above and below ground as well as practical methods to build soil organic matter while cycling nutrients rapidly enough for good yields of annual crops. Helen Atthowe will share successes/failures on her minimum/no-till organic vegetable farm, including methods to manage competition from living mulches and weeds and build soil organic matter while cycling nutrients rapidly for good yields of annual crops.

Moderator:  Rex Dufour, NCAT/ATTRA