Healthy soils help produce healthy crops and healthy environments. Learn how to conserve your soil by reducing tillage, at this year's Conservation Farm Tour at Goranson Farm at 250 River Rd. in Dresden on Tuesday, May 28, at 4 p.m.
Each time soil is tilled, the soil structure – the ability of soil to bind together, or aggregate – is reduced, organic matter breaks down faster, and the risk of soil erosion increases. To prevent these negative impacts, growers are increasingly adopting reduced tillage on their farms.
Zone till systems limit soil disturbance to the row where crops are planted, leaving areas between rows undisturbed. During the tour, attendees will learn how Rob Johanson and Jan Goranson have adapted zone tillage to their organic vegetable system.
“Reduced tillage can enhance soil quality in organic systems and can save fuel and time,” says Katy Green, MOFGA’s organic transitions coordinator.
This tour is sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and is made possible with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). It offers a chance to view soil health-building practices in action, with ample time for questions and discussion. The tour is free, but please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org or 568-4142.
Goranson Farm photo by Carolyn Tesini, courtesy of Goranson Farm