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Soil Building for Small Farms and Big Gardens
*with Joe Scrimger of Bio-Systems Soil Testing and Consulting*
 Introduction to Soil Building
Friday, May 4th, 6 to 8pm
at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center
6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City

This will be a solid introduction to organic small-scale farming with an
emphasis on soil biology. Learn the basics of soil testing, and how you can
use amendments and mulching to improve production quality and quantity.
Weeds, pests and diseases will also be discussed. The focus will be on
farms that are 10 acres or less, but the concepts can be utilized on larger
farms and in home gardens. $10-$20 sliding scale.
Soil Building Intensive
Saturday, May 5th, 8:30am to 12:30pm
at the Leelanau Conservancy’s DeYoung Farm
9510 E. Cherry Bend Road, Traverse City

Learn to develop a plan for returning overused soils to a biologically
active, productive state. Using the sandy soils of the Leelanau
Conservancy’s DeYoung farm, Joe will cover each step of the process in
depth: soil testing and interpreting results, connecting those results to
field observations, and crafting an action plan to amend and improve the
soil. $50 ($40 for CRAFT members). *Space is limited; please register
contact Yvonne at
[log in to unmask] or (231) 622-5252.*

Bonus: Home Composting
Thursday, May 3rd from 6 to 8:30pm
at the Bellaire Community Hall
225 North Bridge St, Bellaire

Everyone can reduce household waste, unlock soil nutrients, grow better
vegetables and flowers, and become more self-sufficient by learning to make
and use compost with expert Andy Gale of Bay Area Recycling for Charities
(BARC). In this workshop, home gardeners and small-scale farmers will learn
the basics of composting kitchen scraps and yard waste, from simple tips
and tricks on keeping kitchen and outdoor spaces neat to learning how you
can support the invisible but vital work of micro-organisms in the soil
food web. Learn how to construct low-tech backyard composting systems out
of everyday objects, find out what to include and what not to include in
the home-scale compost heap, and figure out how to control materials,
aeration, and moisture content to make the very most of your compost.
Suggested donation $10.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners:
Oryana Natural Foods Market, Bay Area Recycling for Charities, Krios
Consulting, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northern Michigan
Small Farm Conference, Bio-Systems Soil Testing and Consulting, and
Leelanau Conservancy

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Bellaire, MI 49615

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