Do you want to have healthy soil, eat nutritious food and sequester carbon? We can do it all! Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series. Long time no-till gardener, Sharon Gensler will present garden practices that minimize soil disturbance, maintain living plant cover and utilize mulch as the key techniques you can easily employ to achieve all these goals in your garden.
Join Sefra Alexandra lead of CT NOFA's Ecotype Project for an evening discussing why truly local native plants are vital to reducing fragmentation by fortifying our ecological corridors and pollinator pathways with the right plants in the right place. We will put our Bug Eyes on as we learn what an ecotype is and why working within an ecoregional framework is important to ecological restoration. We hope to seed you all there!
Do you want to be surrounded by a landscape that provides wildlife habitat, fosters healthy soils and provides a variety of edible fruit? Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series on March 30th, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Bringing perennial plants into the garden can help your garden become more resilient and beautiful. Ruth Green of Green Arts Gardens in the Berkshires will inspire us to consider the ecological benefits and design ideas when planning our perennial plantings.
Maintaining living plant cover is one of the essential practices of building soil health. This talk will provide practical guidance on using cover crops in a small-scale, non-mechanized, no-till context to improve soil health both for growing more nutritious food and for sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil to help heal climate change.
The Northeast Farm to Institution Summit strengthens the regional food system by celebrating and supporting the role of institutions as anchors in the region. By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders in a collaborative process, the summit generates ideas and connections that advance the ability of the Northeast to support viable farm, food, and sea businesses and healthy, just communities.
Take some time to chat with fellow farmers and farm advisors about tillage reduction and soil health in an open, roundtable environment. For our 2021 series, some months will start with a brief presentation from one of the farmers in the group. For our April meeting, our discussion will be kicked off with some comments from Richard Robinson of Hopestill Farm who grows diversified vegetables for a CSA / Farmstand and cut your own Christmas trees in Sherborn, MA.
Food and medicine are abundant in the natural world and foraging connects us to our places in an important way. Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series to learn more. The Bay State is home to over 150 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. We will learn from wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen, author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, about more than a dozen wild edible plant species commonly encountered in and around organic farms and gardens. Priscila Espinosa, Founder of SproutChange, will present on the wild medicinal plants available to forage in April, how to preserve and various ways to prepare them.