Reduced tillage enhances plant diversity and improves soil health, fertility, and microbial activity. These benefits provide the backbone upon which biological control of insect pests and disease suppression occurs naturally at economically practical levels. The challenges are figuring out new methods and equipement to farm with so much plant residue in the system and balancing competition with the crop. This webinar will take you along on my 25 year journey to develop a reduced tillage organic vegetable production system.
Helen Atthowe has been farming on her own and consulting for other organic vegetable and fruit farms for 25 years. She was also a horticulture extension agent for 15 years, owned and operated Biodesign Farm (30 acre diverse, Organic fruit and vegetable farm) in western Montana for 17 years and recently spent 6 months as consulting vegetable grower on a 2000 acre organic vegetable and fruit farm in northern Colorado with a 5000 member CSA.
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Title: Reduced Tillage in Organic Vegetable Production: Successes, Challenges, and New Directions.
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST
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