Caring for the Whole Farm through Practical (and Potentially Profitable) Conservation
John Whitney, District Conservationist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will join farmers Erin and Steve Blabac to discuss opportunities for conservation that are appropriate for beginning farmers. Through a farm tour and discussion of conservation and sustainability challenges faced by the farmers and participants, John will help us understand best practices for soil health and management and teach us to recognize and implement opportunities for wildlife and pollinator habitat maintenance. Participants will learn about NRCS support for high tunnels, micro-irrigation, conservation tillage, transitioning to organic, and more. The Blabacs will show their electric tractor and other measures they have taken to embed sustainability into their agricultural methods. This field day is part of our Beginning Farmer Program; all participants are invited to stay for an informal farmer-to-farmer networking reception and potluck following the presentation.
The Blabacs believe their CSA farm, the Root Down Farm, should connect community members to the land on which their food is grown. They are dedicated to bringing people together as a community to support local agriculture by growing safe, fresh and nutritious food, placing particular value of protecting the soil while celebrating the bounty it provides.
This field day is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program of the National Institute of food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30510 and Grant #2009-49400-05878.
Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NY at (585) 2711979 ext. 509 or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOAF-NY member/ $15 non-member.