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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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Nutrient Dense Crop Courses come to VT


The Real Food Campaign is presenting a course on Nutrient Dense Crop Production, consisting of five one-day weekend sessions from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The course, to be offered at eight locations throughout New England and eastern New York, will be held at two sites in Vermont – Shelburne Farms in Shelburne and The Mountain School in Vershire. The course at Shelburne Farms will be on Saturdays, October 2, December 4, March 5, April 30 and June 25. The course at The Mountain School will be on Sundays, October 3, December 5, March 6, May 1 and June 26.

The course will be taught by Dan Kittredge, a long-time organic farmer and now the Director of the Real Food Campaign. The focus of the course will be on soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. Each session will consist of a classroom-style presentation and discussion in the morning with hands-on practice and demonstrations in the afternoon. The cost for the five sessions, plus twice monthly e-newsletters and a comprehensive soil test analysis is $300. Since the learning is cumulative throughout the course, registrants are expected to attend the entire series, not just individual sessions. Make-up sessions are available at a nearby site if a particular meeting date presents a conflict at the chosen site without extra cost.

Nutrient dense amendments and techniques address the deficiencies in our soil and work to create a biological balance of essential minerals and trace elements. With this foundation, careful observation, and the use of regular nutrient drenches and foliar sprays, growers are able to foster and maintain a high level of energetic and microbial activity to produce more nutritious crops over an extended growing season. Such crops are characterized by better taste, greater yields and longer shelf life.

Further information may be gained from the Real Food Campaign website, www.realfoodcampaign.org, where one can also register and securely pay with a credit card. To pay by check or in installments, contact Douglas Williams, the RFC Course Adminstrator, at 603-924-7008 or at doug@realfoodcampaign.org.