“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” -Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
This year's Building Healthy Soils workshop will be online! Soil is both the literal and figurative foundation of your farm.
This year's textbook is SARE's Building Soils for Better Crops. SARE has a whole database on soil related resources like videos, fact sheets, decision making tools and more- check it out here. Reasons why we love this book are:
It defines what soil and organic matter is and why it is important
It provides step-by-step information on soil-improving practices
There are case studies of real farmers who use sustainable practices to improve their farm production
You should also be receiving some extra goodies with this package and we hope you enjoy this awesome textbook!
We are excited to announce that we will be streaming the Small Farm Equipment & Irrigation workshop online and it is going to be open to the public!
This workshop will be hosted by extension specialists Zac Hoppenstedt and Cary Rivard, Jim Leek from Pat & Rachel's Garden in Olathe, KS and Neil Rudisill from Woodland City Micro Farm in Kansas City, MO.
We are going to cover a variety of farming equipment options for small and medium-sized farms including tools for field preparation, planting, cultivation, harvesting, overhead and drip irrigation systems. We'll also help you put together a wish list of must-have tools and provide a general overview of equipment maintenance, design and modifications.
This workshop will also highlight the new community tool share program being offered by Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council and the Kansas City Young Farmers Coalition.
This workshop will be referencing material from your textbook, The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman so please look through this book ahead of time!
Many of you may have heard of Jean Martin Fortier- a famous market gardener from Canada who has managed to profit over six figures with as little as 1.5 acres of land. We are excited to be sharing his book, The Market Gardener, in our program and we hope you learn as much as we have.
He is constantly featured in Youtube videos and there are a ton of really helpful videos on the internet so if you ever have any questions on a certain subject, try searching it on this platform!
This blog is for our 2020 apprentices so that they can stay up to date on program news and events. Our goal is to make the apprenticeship program better every year and provide our apprentices with the resources they need to become great farmers.