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Veterans in Ag: Tarping to Reduce Tillage

Tuesday, May 7, 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). 

Tarps are a low-cost tool for small-scale vegetable farms to prepare beds for planting and suppress weeds with less tillage. In this workshop, hear lessons learned from the latest research combining tarps with other soil-building practices, including permanent beds, organic mulch, and cover crops. Come to talk about how tarps can change your weeds, labor and soils and share your own experience and ideas. We’ll then get into the field to uncover beds, plant, and move tarps for future plantings to dig into the best ways to be successful in your own operation.

This course will be led by Ryan Maher, Research and Extension Specialist at the Cornell Small Farms Program. Ryan has worked for the Small Farms Program since 2013. He manages research and extension projects in vegetable cropping systems to support farmers at any scale in adopting reduced tillage practices to build soil health on their farm. After graduating from SUNY-ESF in 2003 he spent two years training on small-scale, diversified vegetable farms. He graduated from Iowa State in 2017 with an MS in Sustainable Agriculture investigating soil processes in native grassland restorations. He spent five years with the USDA-ARS in St. Paul MN coordinating research on nutrient cycling in perennial forage crops.

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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