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A few months back, Pru and I were asked if we’d lead a NOFA workshop on the topic of homestead fruit. We’re looking forward to hosting a group of curious learners at our homestead in Wendell for an Orchard Planning and Maintenance workshop on June 12. We’ll demonstrate overall orchard planning, building diversity into plantings, breed selection, practical fruit growing techniques, and soil and plant health.
The Summer Conference took an unexpected turn last month, as keynote speaker Dr. Christine Jones had to cancel her visit due to health concerns. She has been in touch regularly, helping us in our search for a replacement that can further our work on carbon sequestration for healthier soils and climate. We are happy to say her updates are positive and encouraging regarding her health, and we hope for a NOFA visit in the near future.
This article is part of a monthly series where I am interviewing farmers on their no-till practices. Energized by our work at NOFA/Mass to sequester carbon into soil as quickly and effectively as we can, I have chosen to interview annual vegetable producing farmers around the Northeast, because no-till with succession production is not easy, nor are there many models.
Dan Pratt is an old NOFA friend from Hadley of a few decades. I was delighted to hear that he is applying for an Organic Farming Research Foundation grant to further develop his no-till system using compost and biochar on Astarte Farm that he once owned, but now has sold and where he remains as farm manager. Of course he will go ahead with it anyway, whether or not he gets some grant help.
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