1.      Organic Gardening Class

For Earth Day MOFFA is co-sponsoring an Organic Gardening class for suburban
gardeners at Oakland University on Saturday, April 25, 2009. The class will
run from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Oakland Center; cost is $35/person or
$60 per couple in advance or $40/student or $70 per couple at the door.
Pre-registration and tuition payment is encouraged as seating is limited.
Checks/money orders should be made out to: Pat Whetham, 11230 W Mt. Morris
Rd Flushing, MI 48433

The class will cover the following topics: 1. what is organic? 2.  Appropriate
tools for organic gardening 3. Soil tests, composts and manure, minerals for
fertility. Attendees will have ample time to ask questions both during and
after the class.

Fees for the class will include handouts and a voucher for a free organic
vegetable plant. Attendees are also expected to bring a bag lunch and drink.
The class will be taught by Pat Whetham and Suzanne Rutkowski.  For more
information call 810-867-4435 or 810-471-7045 or email at [log in to unmask]

2.      Cornell Soil Health Train- The Trainer Workshop

The Soil Health Workshop will be August 10-14, 2009 at Cornell University
Campuses, Ithaca and Geneva, NY.  I your interested about learning how to
measure soil health, improving soil health, or holistic soil management this
workshop is for you. The Cornell Soil Health Program has developed
cost-effective methods for soil health assessment, targeting important soil
processes such as aeration, drainage, root growth, disease pressure,
nutrient release, etc. Specific management recommendations are also
suggested to address identified soil health constraints.

This intensive soil health workshop includes a mix of classroom training,
hands-on laboratory experience, field assessment of soil health, generating
the soil health experience, field assessment of soil health, generation the
soil  health report and its interpretation, and a field trip to local farms
to observe and discuss adopted soil health practices.  Registration deadline
is June 30, 2009. For tentative workshop schedule and registration form

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