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Veterans in Ag: Introduction to Soil Health

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

EquiCenter Farm 3247 Rush Mendon Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Farm OPS, a project of the Cornell Small Farms Program, 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). 

Understanding the prominence of soil to your farm. Soil can be a strong partner to a successful farming operation if we learn how it works and understand its potential. Through demonstrations with equipment contained in the NY Soil Health Trailer and in field or pasture soil pits, this course will provide the participants with a focused perspective on soil and its relation to their farms impact on the environment. Topics will include:

  • Preventing loss of nutrients and top soil through soil erosion by strengthening soil Aggregates.
  • How to identify compaction in soils and how to remediate it
  • Understand how carbon is removed from the atmosphere and stored in soil
  • Improve the soils ability to recycle and hold nutrients to reduce need for synthetic fertilizers.
  • Understanding how to maximize a soil’s ability to hold water during droughts.
  • Through use of the rainfall simulator participants will see the benefits of a healthy soil.

This course will be led by Fay Benson, manager of the soil health trailer through the NY Grazinglands Coalition and extension educator on grazing and organic dairy through the Cornell South Central NY Dairy Team. Fay operated a small dairy in Groton, NY, for 20 years. His farm was one of the first organic dairies in NY. It was the transition to organic farming which sparked his interest in soil.

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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