BROOKS, Maine — Regional soil specialist, farmer and teacher Mark Fulford will lead a soil quality seminar 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Newforest Institute. Seminar participants will learn how to observe crop deficiencies through living field assays. Weed and wild plant indicators, crop and soil conditions, and test results will be used to formulate the best soil for several crop types. A variety of crop systems will be discussed as well as an array of low-till and nutritional methods applied to annual and perennial crops.
Fulford is an independent farm consultant and educator whose range of topics and expertise encompasses transitioning from conventional to organic and biological agriculture; soil, crop, and forage nutrition; and preparing agriculture for peak oil, climate change and economic drift. He also teaches nonelectric water technologies, hands-on skills in organic orcharding, organic no-till crop production, commercial and small scale composting, as well as fundamental rural skills and small farm food preservation.
Workshop fee is $75-$150 on a sliding scale depending upon ability to pay and includes workshop, lunch Saturday and snacks. To register for the workshop, contact Newforest at firstname.lastname@example.org or 722-3625.