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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practices

Crops

May 9, 2018
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $100; discounts for MOFGA members

This one-day immersion course is designed for MOFGA apprentices but is open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA’s Agricultural Services Department and organic farmers for a one-day introductory course in organic farming. Lunch will be provided.

The day will focus on the fundamentals of organic vegetable farming. MOFGA’s Eric Sideman, Organic Crops Specialist, and Dave Colson, Agricultural Services Director, will cover theory and best practices for organic management of soils, and cover plant families. After lunch we will tour a neighboring farm.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Flower Power Helps Fight Pests
Green Times, Washington State Univ. - 5/23/2013.
By Bob Hoffmann - Washington State University researchers found that plantings of sweet alyssum attracted a host of spiders and predator bugs that, in turn, preyed on woolly apple aphids, a pest that growers often control with chemical sprays.
How Pesticides Pushed Cockroaches Into Rapid Evolution
io9 - 5/23/2013.
By Joseph Bennington-Castro - In the 1980s, manufactures began making cockroach baits that combined sweet glucose with deadly insecticides. By 1993, many cockroach populations somehow developed an aversion to the bait. Now, 20 years later, scientists finally understand how the roaches beat these traps.
How Agriculture Can Provide Food Security Without Destroying Biodiversity
Independent Science News - 5/23/2013.
Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson - According to conventional wisdom, the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte (pop. 2.5 million) has achieved something impossible. So, too, has the island of Cuba. They are feeding their hungry populations largely with local, low-input farming methods that enhance the environment rather than degrade it.
Iowa State study shows soil-building benefits of organic practices
Leopold Ctr. for Sustainable Agriculture - 5/23/2013.
Producers making the switch to organic crops to meet growing market demand not only fetch premium prices, according to a recent study; they also build healthy soil and sequester carbon, making organic agriculture a useful strategy for dealing with climate change. The study summarizes results from the Long-Term Agroecological Research Experiment, one of the longest running replicated comparisons of organic and conventional agriculture in the country.
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