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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.

Soil Workshop Agenda

Workshop Agenda

Soil Fertility Management For Vegetable Farmers

PRESENTER: Becky Maden, UVM Extension & Singing Cedars Farmstead

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Why soil fertility matters
    • Long term soil health
    • Yields
    • Maximizing economic inputs
    • Environmental stewardship
  • Upcoming requirements of Act 64
    • Brief explanation of Act 64 (RAP’s)
    • What it may mean for vegetable farmers
    • Goal is to stay ahead of the law
  • Nutrient management planning(NMP)
    • All vegetable farms over 10 acres will be required to have a NMP
    • First steps to a NMP
      • Take soil tests - Which lab to use? Which test to take?
      • Interpret recommendations
      • Discuss fertilizer and amendment choices
      • Nutrient calculator for costs
      • Cover cropping as best option for long term soil health?

LUNCH 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

12:30-1:30 p. m.

Farmer presents farm soil fertility plan

  • Lisa MacDougall, Mighty Food Farm

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

  • Break into small groups of 2-3 people to look at soil tests
  • Work on developing a plan for one person to present to larger group

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

  • Individual consults or questions with Becky and Jen



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