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Small Grains Winter Webinar Series – Ecological N Management: Compost and Manure

Monday February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Venue: Online

Online via Zoom - link will be sent to registrants

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Whether you’re an organic grower or just trying to cut down on synthetic inputs in your small grains, this session is for you! Learn from two farmers who use compost and manure to manage nutrients in their soils, and capture ecological and economic benefits.

In 2024, Norm Lamothe from Woodleigh Farms is expanding Catching Carbon, the compost production division of his operation. “Composting is the cornerstone of our commitment to ecological stewardship, turning organic waste into a nutrient-rich elixir for our soil,” he explains. “By harnessing the power of compost, we not only reduce the environmental impact of waste but also enhance the fertility and structure of our fields. This natural, organic fertilizer boosts soil health, improves water retention, and encourages the growth of beneficial microorganisms.” Sign up to learn more!

Brett Israel of 3Gen Organics grows organic field crops, and raises laying hens and pigs organically. Organic hog manure plays a major role in crop fertility on the farm. “Instead of relying on chemicals, we use tools like cover crops, crop rotation and our own organic hog manure to improve the health of our soil ecology. We depend on the diversity of our crop rotation to provide high yielding and nutritious grains which make excellent feed for our pigs. Feed the soil, feed the crop, feed the pigs,” he says. Come on out to hear more about the role manure plays in this production loop.

This event is an OSCIA-recognized Knowledge Sharing Event (KSE) for farmers with On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) projects in the Nitrogen Management category.

EFAO’s Small Grains Network is funded and supported by the Weston Family Foundation’s Soil Health Initiative.