Friday, July 10, 2015

Matter Matters. Learn Why at White Oak Pastures’ Soil Health Workshop August 1

Will Harris knows that what goes into the soil matters. At a farmer meeting in 1946, Will Bell Harris was introduced to and fell in love with chemical nitrogen fertilizer, which was used at White Oak Pastures for the next 50 years. Will Harris shifted gears to take a more holistic approach to managing the 150-year-old family farm, and for the last 15 years, natural practices including composting, cover crops and multi-species rotational grazing have taken over resulting in a 10-fold increase in organic matter in the soil. Dig in on Saturday, August 1 at White Oak Pastures’ Soil Health Workshop and learn more about White Oak Pastures’ natural management process. The day begins with a tour at 10 a.m. followed by lunch in the Pavilion at noon. From 1-3 p.m., Will Harris shares his family’s full-circle journey from local, humane and sustainable food production to centralized, commoditized and industrialized production and back again. Cost is $80 per person; make reservations online. Class size limited to 25.

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