Jack and Julie will speak to the Wendell Ag Commission on Friday, February 9 at 7 pm. The title is “Building Carbon for Maximum Soil Health”. We will talk about the important role of carbon, the ways farmers and gardeners can increase their soil’s carbon, and the practices that will keep it there.
On March 4 Jack and Julie will speak at the NOFA/RI annual winter conference. Julie, the Executive Director of NOFA Mass, and Jack, the editor of The Natural Farmer, NOFA’s regional newspaper, are in a unique position as educators and advocates of carbon farming as their farm is one of many to demonstrate that building soil makes both economic and ecological sense for farmers. Over the years, Julie has experimented with various tillage practices and can offer many insights to the challenges of moving to a no-tillage operation. Julie and Jack run a 70-person CSA, raise and sell pasture-raised eggs, broiler chickens, turkeys, beef, and pork, and operate a non-profit, Many Hands Sustainability Center.
On April 12 at the Athol Public Library Julie will be moderating a panel on soil carbon sequestration methods in farming.
On Earth Day, Sunday April 22, Julie will be participating in workshop discussions as part of the Quabbin-region wide Celebration of Local Farms. This event will be hosted by the Petersham Village Lyceum at the Unitarian Church in Petersham.
On April 26 Jack and Julie will keynote the Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area spring event that will take place on a farm in Litchfield, CT. Here the R, C and D is looking for examples where organic growers are using cover crops in vegetable production as part of a no till fertility plan.