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Introduction to Managing Soil Fertility: Understanding Your Lab Soil Test Reports

Living Soil
May 29, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Online
Anywhere, MA
Cost:

Free! Donations accepted with gratitude

Getting a soil test done is an important step in creating a successful garden, and nutrient levels can change over the years as some minerals leach or are taken up by plants, while others build with additions of organic matter and fertilizers. In this webinar, we’ll talk about how to identify, address, and respond to mineral imbalances and deficiencies to increase your crop health and improve the quality and nutrient levels of your produce. We’ll review two approaches to two different soil tests. Anna Gilbert-Muhammad will explain how to send in a UMass Soil Test (or similar University soil test) and how to interpret the results. She will offer some ideas for some easy-to-find materials that you can use to adjust for deficiencies without needing to go to an agricultural supplier. Laura will then describe how to send in and interpret a Logan Labs test. These tests use a different extraction process and the results are geared more towards professional growers, but gardeners can also use Logan Labs to get excellent results with a little math. Laura will explain how to interpret the results and how to do the calculations to determine what amendments you will need. We will discuss several concepts: 

-       What is pH and why does it matter? 
-       Cation Exchange Capacity 
-       Organic Matter- how much nitrogen does your organic matter provide? 
-       Trace elements- why do they matter? 
-       What is the Albrecht method of soil balancing? 

Anna Gilbert-Muhammad is the NOFA/Mass Equity Director & Food Access Program Coordinator. Anna runs the NOFA/Mass youth carbon gardening program in Springfield, MA in partnership with Home City Housing, and offers technical support to urban growers throughout the city of Springfield and beyond. 

Laura Davis operates Long Life Farm in Hopkinton, MA. She serves as the president of the NOFA/Mass Board and serves as a technical advisor assisting growers with their soil amendment needs and with organic certification. 
 

There is more than one way to access our webinar events: 

Via Computer: 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or  

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6872821092586876685

Webinar ID: 444-111-155 

Call in by phone:  

1 (914) 614-3221 – Access Code: 851-223-000 

Trouble registering? Contact Anna, anna@nofamass.org, for support. 

These Video Gatherings are offered as a service to our community to respond to the current needs for home-based food production/ preparation skills. As we have postponed or cancelled many of our on-farm and in-person education events, we are using our available time as an organization to put together this series. If you learned something of value, please consider making a donation to help keep our organization going during this difficult time. Thank you so much! 

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