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Veterans in Ag: On-Farm Fertility Production

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

Equicenter Inc. ​3247 Rush Mendon Road Honeoye Fall, NY 14472

The Cornell Small Farms Program's Farm Ops project is working with the Canandaigua VA Medical Center's Whole Health Program to provide 1-day focused trainings at no cost to New York state veterans who are enrolled at a VA facility. This program is also open to spouses of NYS veterans.

Training Topic: On-Farm Fertility Production

Would you like to take agency over the fertility needs of your farm, garden, or growing operation? Would you benefit from having the skill set to produce your own high-quality fertility amendments on-farm? Are you a farmer/grower that is interested in hearing about low-cost, low-input solutions for improving crop health and farm profitability? If so, consider attending this 1-day focused training on Bokashi production.

Bokashi is a fermented organic inoculant/ amendment that builds soil fertility and promotes vibrant plant growth.  The process employs microbial populations to semi-decompose specific organic materials under controlled, aerobic conditions, and production takes 15-days to complete utilizing low-cost materials and traditional farm equipment (hand-tools). When made properly, Bokashi can be a complete, stand-alone fertility solution for nearly any cropping system. 

Participants can expect to learn the following:

  • A practical understanding of what Bokashi is, and what it is not.

  • Formulation (recipe), and the role that each component (ingredient) plays*

  • Production - steps and procedure*

  • Usage and Application Rates

  • Hands-on, guided production-demonstration

*Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook for capturing instruction notes, sketches, and diagrams.

Instructor Bio: 

Shaun Bluethenthal is a traditionally trained agronomist and self-taught agricultural designer. He is an extension support specialist with the Cornell Small Farms Program, as well as the owner/operator of Geoponic Husbandry Operations and Support Technologies, aka GHOST, an ag-consulting entity focused on supporting the viable production of nutritionally dense crops, the regeneration of biologically fertile and mineral-rich soils, and the transfer of intellectual and economic power from agri-business to local sustainable farming.

 For an example of what to expect, and an example of an on-farm fertility product, see Super Magro 

This workshop will be held at the EquiCenter Farm, and lunch is provided. It is recommended that participants arrive 15-20 minutes prior to get coffee, tea, and snacks and get checked-in and settled.

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