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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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Farm Soils Primer Next Week


Farmer Outreach Workshop

The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District is hosting a workshop for small, large, beginner, and experienced farmers to increase the economic viability of farming and local food systems in our area. The workshop is free and refreshments will be served. RSVP’s are requested, please contact a staff person listed below for more information.


Thursday April 18th, 2013 Location: Green Mountain College 1:00PM—3:30PM East Room, Withey Hall & Cerridwen Farm

Hands Holding Soil --- Image by © L. Clarke/Corbis

Discover the secrets of soil health from the ground up with Dr. Wendy Sue Harper. Starting with an introduction into soil properties, participants will learn about soil health, the importance of soil tests and fertility management. We’ll hear from Agricultural Resource Specialist, Jennifer Alexander, on how a soil test is taken and the differences in the quality of hay and crop production in our area. We’ll also probe the soils in the field by looking at contrasting soil pits at Cerridwen Farm to discuss the differences and management options. If you have had a soil test done, bring your results to discuss. Dress for the weather.

District Contacts
Cyd Groff, PMNRCD District Manager (802) 287-8339 Jennifer Alexander, Agricultural Resource Specialist (802) 558-6470