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 visit michiganorganic.msu.edu. If you would like to access a searchable archive of the all the previous Mich-Organic listserv postings copy this URL and paste in your browser address field http://list.msu.edu/archives/mich-organic.html