Hayfork Cooperative is welcoming summer with a very appropriate presentation by Hayforker Ryan Tarbell who will be presenting at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 Hwy. 3 in Hayfork, on Tuesday, June 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. All are invited to Ryan’s cutting-edge report on the status of organic/ecological no till agricultural production systems. Ryan is a graduate student at Washington State University. His research focuses on cover crop residue decomposition in reduced tillage, organic systems and the nutrient cycling and yield characteristics associated with these systems.
Conventional no-till has become a standard practice for agronomic crops such as corn and soybeans. Organic no-till systems are much more problematic because these growers do not rely upon herbicides for weed suppression. These biocides are known to negatively impact life in the soil and the immediate ecosystem and not just the target ‘weeds’. Much research is currently underway to overcome many of the hurdles that face organic no-till systems that are taking agriculture a step forward by reducing the soil erosion caused by conventional ploughing and tilling. Plus reduced tillage systems also conserve and increase organic matter levels and biological communities in the soil compared to conventionally tilled systems. Implementing an organic reduced tillage system in your garden or on your farm takes planning and knowledge. Come learn the important issues surrounding this exciting farming technique so you can put it to use in your garden. Do come welcome this new ‘growing season’ by learning of this positive new development in producing food.