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High bionutrient crop production workshop

A free high bionutrient crop production workshop will be held at Keene’s Stonewall Farm, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Oct. 7.

It will be taught by soil expert Dan Kittredge, and is designed to inform participants, helping them grasp and apply innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops that lead to healthier lives. Early registration is recommended.

The focus of the series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. Also, there is a goal of establishing a infrastructure among growers that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration, and also with the businesses and organizations that supply their needs and buy their products.

The workshop will begin with an analysis of participants’ soil tests, discussion about cover crops, and recommended soil amendments. These are ways to build the battery of the soil and stimulate its digestive processes to assure maximum potential for effective crop growth and improved yield in the following spring and summer. Specific forward-looking topics and themes will be addressed and explored, and a gradual immersion will take place, with an increasing depth of understanding about the multifaceted nature of the biological system of the soil and the interaction that takes place between the soil, the air, the plants and man’s observations and interventions.

Each session will consist of a classroom-style discussion and hands-on demonstration and practice. Registrants will be expected to procure their own soil tests as desired, and instruction for interpreting those will be covered during the workshop.

Kittredge is the executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association and Real Food Campaign. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him to farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the U.S.

A potluck lunch will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The program is limited to 25 participants; to register call 756.2988 or email amanda@cheshireconservation.org.

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