This fall Singing Frogs Farm is proud to continue our intensive, hands-on workshops to teach the science and mechanics behind our multi-award winning, no-till, agroecological, intensive and profitable farming methods. Build your ecology, both above and below ground. Learn how to farm with (and for) Mother Nature. Understand how, in using these natural systems, you too can increase your soil organic matter, crop nutrient density and overall productivity.
The workshops will give participants the hands-on experience that, for many of us, is the best way to learn... by doing. We will cover and discuss the following topics:
- Overview of our Intensive, No-Till Farming Model
- Basics of Soil Biology and Principles of Better Soil Health
- Establishing New No-Till Beds or Fields
- Seeding and Nursery Management
- Compost, the Science and Application
- Bed Preparation, Transplanting & Multicropping
- Year-Round Production and the Management of No-Till Beds
- Alternate Methods for No-Till Bed Management
- Ecological Foundations, Hedgerows, Pollinators & Beneficials
- When & When Not to use Mulch: Options and Applications
- Tools for Non-Mechanized, No-Till Farming
- Crop Planning
We are offering three intensive, single-day workshops this fall.
Friday, September 9th
(The day following the National Heirloom Expo, here in Sonoma County.)
Tuesday, October 4th
Tuesday, October 11th
Workshops will run from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. During the workshop, we will hit the ground running! We will send you home with a dozen pages of notes on some of the nitty gritty details of our farming. In addition, you are welcome to schedule private one-on-one consulting with us as well if you would like additional personalized information for your farm. Learn more about that under "Farmer-to-Farmer Consultations" here.
Please bring your own lunch, and we will use lunchtime for informal discussions and Q&A. We will provide coffee, tea, and veggies from the farm for you to snack on, but please come prepared with food to fuel you through the day. Tools will be supplied. Please dress appropriately including boots, hats or gloves if desired, and a water bottle. We will be working.
Cost of the workshop is $345. The fee includes $50 towards our scholarship program for beginning farmers and subsidizing Farm Tours for school groups. If the price of the workshop is an absolute barrier to your participation, please get in touch with us at email@example.com and use the subject heading “Workshops, Fall 2016”.
“As beginning farmers, we visited over 50 farms in our search for a model. As soon as we saw Singing Frogs Farm a light bulb went off in our heads. Using Paul and Elizabeth’s farming model we have transformed our small urban farm into an ecologically and economically sustainable operation. We have witnessed first hand the positive effects of working with nature to grow more nutrient dense produce for our community. We are so fortunate to have met such amazing farmers, educators, activists and all around great people to inspire us as we “grow” as farmers.”
-- Farmers Shanon and Michael at Hillview Farm, Auburn, CA
"Attending Paul and Elizabeth's workshop for prospective farmers in March reinforced my commitment to no-till soil management and agroecological small farm design. They made themselves accessible to the workshop participants, and as a beginning grower they provided me valuable feedback on questions specific to my start-up budgeting and farm planning process. The Singing Frogs training and tour this spring was an important moment in my planning and visioning process, and has remained an inspiration as I build my farm."
--- Eric George -- Coast Range Seed, Petaluma, CA
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