The Real Food Campaign is offering a two-session course, presented by Dan Kittredge, at the North Berwick Community Center in North Berwick, ME, on Saturdays, March 24th and May 12th. The course is designed for area farmers, homesteaders, and gardeners who want to learn how to grow more bionutrient rich food crops:
Bionutrient Crop Production
Dan Kittredge, Real Food Campaign
North Berwick Community Center, 266 North Berwick, ME
2-day course: Saturdays, February 12 & May 12, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
How can we build vitality in our soils, crops and bodies? How can we better understand the complex relationship between soil, crop nutrition, and human health? Learn how the Real Food Campaign is approaching these questions and working towards systemic solutions.
Bionutrient rich crop production is a form of biological farming that works to balance and enliventhe soil so that the crops growing in it provide all the necessary minerals, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants and enzymes that humans and animals need in their bodies. The soil is stimulated by adding amendments containing the minerals in which the soil is deficient. Then, with close observation of the plants as they grow and by providing nutritional support with regularly applied drenches and foliar sprays, the vitality and energy of the soil and plants are enhanced to produce healthier crops, greater yields, extended seasons and longer shelf life. Insects cannot digest the complex compounds developed in healthier plants, and healthy plants are not as vulnerable todisease. As a result insect and disease problems diminish and can entirely disappear.
Those who attend this course will learn many useful things:
• to obtain and use a soil test to tell what is in your soil and what is missing that it needs
• to locate and utilize the right amendments and materials to nurture your soil and crops
• to choose better quality seed and inoculate it when you plant it to give it the best start throughout the growing season
• to support your plants through the various stages of their growth, feeding them in ways tosustain their full development
• to observe the growth process of your plants and to recognize signs of potential weakness and disease
• to know the right amount and best ways to supply water to your plants and soil
• to become acquainted with helpful resources to foster and support your own learning process
The cost of the course is $150, and substantial financial aid is available for farmers who wish to attend, thanks to a generous grant from the Lattner Foundation. It is possible to register for the full amount online with a credit card at www.realfoodcampaign.org. For further information and to apply for aid or to register by check or in installments, please contact Douglas Williams, Course Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-924-7008.
For more information: www.realfoodcampaign.org