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Do you consider nature one of your best teachers? Are self-reliance and closed-looped systems part of your farm or garden design? Do you like to get your hands dirty and make your own compost and worm castings, or natural insect repellents from soap, hot pepper and garlic? If yes is your answer, then you may be interested in Korean Natural Farming!

This winter I am infatuated by a new book, “The Wild Wisdom of Weeds” by Katrina Blair. I will give a full review of it in the upcoming edition of The Natural Farmer, but wanted to share some thoughts about chickweed here.

Starting on March 22nd at Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, MA, Derek Christianson will host a season long, three workshop series focused on growing vegetables for health, quality and profit.

Explore large scale organic weed management principles and practices that can be used for growing organic vegetable crops in the New England climate. See extensive images of Red Fire Farm fields to illustrate management strategies and equipment that can help effectively manage weeds.

Aaron Englander has developed a large body of knowledge regarding Korean Natural Farming. KNF looks very holistically at the entire farm system, including the people in it, and uses inputs that are generally close at hand and relatively inexpensive.

Cover crops have long been used to “catch” nutrients and carry them forward to the next growing season.

This workshop will lay out the primary challenges of four season greenhouse systems as well as outline strategies for developing a practical model to suite the diversified farm. We will discuss innovations, crop selections, and techniques to improve the ecological and economic viability of this system throughout the seasons.

Good recordkeeping strategies help me analyze the economic and ecological successes of our farm. Participants will first determine WHICH RECORDS are important to keep and then work on concrete strategies for HOW to keep them.

This workshop explores the fabrication and use of home-crafted, low-tunnel greenhouses for crop protection in the backyard garden or micro-farm. We’ll compare various materials and building strategies including wire, wooden slats, PVC pipe and steel conduit.

Without a clearly imagined and articulated vision, your farm/business is adrift in a stormy sea. Learn how to build a compelling vision that attracts people and resources. This is a practical workshop where you will work on creating your future. For people starting or changing course in developing a farm, business, or non-profit enterprise.


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