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Veterans in Ag: Pasture Management

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

Equicenter Farm 3247 Rush Mendon Road, Honeoye Falls New York

The Cornell Small Farms Program project Farm OPS is providing series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Veterans interested in these programs must be enrolled at a VA facility in NYS (VISN2 area). 

In this class you’ll get a basic understanding of soils and pasture plants and how to improve the functioning of the Four Ecosystem Processes (water cycle, mineral cycle, biological communities, and energy flow) to improve forage for livestock.  The morning will be a power point presentation and the afternoon will be hands on and in the field. You’ll learn how to identify the soils on your farm, determine soil texture by feel, research land use history and how it can provide clues for future uses, identify soil drainage class and why it matters in pastures, and how to grow good, nutritious grasses and legumes for optimal livestock health. 

This workshop will be led by Elizabeth Marks. 

Schedule:

10:00 Welcome and Introductions – What do you hope to get out of the next two classes? What would you like to improve in your pastures?

10:20 Understanding Soils and the Four Ecosystem Processes: How to Improve the Water Cycle, Mineral Cycle, Biological Community, and Energy Flow to Get Good Pastures

Exercise: Soil Texture by Feel

11:00 Break 

11:15 Ecosystem Processes Continued

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Field Portion - Reading the Land: Understanding Soils and Plants and How to Observe the Effectiveness of the Ecosystem Processes on the Ground; How to Identify Good Soil Health

2:30 Wrap Up and Closing Circle

3:00 Adjourn

This workshop will be held at the EquiCenter Farm, and lunch is provided. 

It is recommended that students arrive around 9:30 a.m. to get coffee, tea and snacks, and get checked-in and settled before the class begins.

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