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APRIL 7, 2016: SOIL TESTING AND FERTILITY MANAGEMENT

The goal of this class, taught by Zach Wolf,  is to have participants work through the process of drafting soil management plans.  We will look at example soil tests and go through the process of calculating amendment application rates.  The latter part will cover how to integrate soil mineral amendments with the management of cover crops, compost, mulches and inoculates to create a holistic soil management plan.  We will talk about pasture management, but the bulk of the class is specific for vegetable growers.

Soils Testing and Fertility ManagementApril 7, 2016
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, NY

Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, contact Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

Growing up in Northwest Connecticut, Zach Wolf was surrounded by farms and protected land. After graduating from Columbia University with a B.S. in biology, Zach returned to Connecticut to work at Whippoorwill Farm, a 400-acre grass-fed beef operation. From 2009 – 2011, he served as field foreman at Stone Barns Center, and then went on to co-manage The Locusts on Hudson, an 80-acre estate in Staatsburg, N.Y., where he has raised livestock, vegetables and herbs and developed an on-farm apprentice-training program.  While co-managing in Straatsburg, Zach directed the Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns for a year before returning to The Locusts full time.

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APRIL 28, 2016: LAND ASSESSMENT

This workshop will take students into the field (weather permitting) for hands-on land assessment. We will conduct a soil sample, measure compaction, assess biological systems, and discuss methods of improving or degrading the existing system.

Land Assessment
April 28, 2016
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, NY

Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, contact Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

Crystal Stewart has long been interested in commercial and consumer horticulture. She completed both her bachelor and master degrees at the University of Wisconsin. During her studies, she worked in the Department of Horticulture as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and as a Research Associate. After graduating, Crystal became a Regional Extension Educator with the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension providing horticulture support. She joined Cornell Cooperative Extension in 2007 as the horticulture and agriculture educator in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Today, Crystal’s areas of emphasis include organic horticulture, small and beginning farmers assistance, and basic farm business management.

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APRIL 21, 2016: COMPOST

We will explore the various Composting Systems in place at Stone Barns and discuss the science, experience and insight necessary to produce premium quality compost for a range of agricultural and horticultural applications. This class will be held outdoors and will be hands on, focusing on active windrow and static aerated composting methods for all organic materials.

CompostApril 21, 2016
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, NY

Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, contact Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

Jack Algiere, Farm Director at Stone Barns Center, oversees the cultivation of over 200 varieties of produce year-round on 6.5 acres of outdoor fields and gardens and in a 22,000 square-foot minimally heated greenhouse as well as the Center’s extensive landscape and compost operations. He experiments continually with innovative growing methods and seed varieties and is integrally involved in training beginning farmers. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in turf management and horticulture. Before Stone Barns, he worked as a greenhouse manager for a family-owned nursery in Rhode Island, a park ranger in Costa Rica, restored and managed olive orchards in California, and developed an organic CSA program in Connecticut.

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APRIL 14, 2016: BOTANY FOR FARMERS

This workshop will be an interactive lecture and discussion about some foundational topics in plant science relevant to growing fruits and vegetables.  The main topics will be (1) plant form and patterns of growth, (2) plant reproduction, and (3) plant nutrition.  Although the emphasis will be on basic plant science, we will make frequent cross-references with agricultural practice.

Botany for FarmersApril 14, 2016
12:30 – 3:30 pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, NY

Workshops are free and open to the public. To register, contact Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

Matt Palmer is a senior lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Columbia University.  He is involved in a range of research and education projects involving urban and peri-urban ecology. He collaborates with NYC Parks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NASA, the USDA Forest Service, and several units within Columbia University on research, teaching, and teacher training initiatives. His current research projects include evaluating the ecosystem functions of green infrastructure, studying the ecosystem consequences of reforestation in NYC, and providing scientific support for the management of both invasive and rare species throughout the region.

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2016 Poultry School: Save the Date

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Poultry School is a two-day program running March 19 and 20.
Program cost is $150.
Registration closes at 5pm on March 14.

Register for Poultry School here.

Read the Conference brochure.

PROGRAM SNEAK PEEK

Egg Safety and Quality – Jarra Jagne, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Selling Poultry to Restaurants – Suzanne Podhaizer, Farm-to-Table Consulting

Income Positive Poultry for Meat and Eggs – Jeff MattocksThe Fertrell Company

Practical Anatomy and Physiology of the Chicken – Dr. Michael J. Darre, University of Connecticut, Department of Animal Science

Amplifying Health: Creating a Poultry Environment – Anne Lichtenwalner, University of Maine, Animal Health Lab

Building Better Shelters for Your Flock – Mike BadgerAPPPABadger’s Millside FarmPastured Poultry Talk

Poultry Processing and Electrical Stun Knife Display – Craig Haney, Stone Barns Center; Jim McGlaughlin, Cornerstone Farm Ventures

Flock keeping Skills and Methods – Julie Gauthier, Chickcharney Farm

Lunchtime Talk with Will Harris of White Oak Pastures

Meals by Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Mrs. Greens

ACCOMMODATIONS
A block of rooms has been set aside for a reduced rate at the Sheraton Tarrytown, located at 600 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Please follow this link to reserve a room or contact the Sheraton directly at 914 332 7900.   A complimentary shuttle will be available to transfer Sheraton hotel guests to and from the conference in the mornings and evenings.  This special rate will end on March 2.

For questions, please write to laurief@stonebarnscenter.org.

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