The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

Field Methods for Soil Carbon Proxy Measurement

May 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Bard College - Ward Manor House room 107
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

Free: RSVP

In this short workshop, NOFA/Mass Education Director and no-till farmer Caro Roszell will dig in — literally — to a patch of the Bard Farm’s soil and explain what measurable features to look for to assess that soil's capacity for building and storing organic carbon. The healthier a soil is, the more organic carbon it will hold (up to a saturation point). Soils with greater levels of carbon are more resilient to weather extremes, produce healthier crops, hold water more effectively, and can remove CO2 from the atmosphere when there are healthy plants growing there.  Participants will receive a workbook of test protocols to take home, and will learn how to assess their own soil for carbon storage for measures like earthworm count, average root depth, aggregate grade, infiltration, soil respiration, and more.

This event is sponsored by Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air and Water, Bard Farm and cosponsored by NOFA/Mass and  NOFA-NY

Space is limited. Please RSVP

For questions contact Caro Roszell, Education Director, at or 508-360-0874

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