BLUFFTON, S.C. — This workshop will cover two important aspects of vegetable crop production: improving soil health and minimizing food safety risks from soil-borne pathogens. Creating and sustaining healthy soils can improve plant health, vigor and overall productivity. Understanding how to sample soil and read results is the first step in making those improvements. Soil is not just important to crop production, it can also contribute to cross-contamination of crops, potentially leading to public health risks when proper applications of nutrients and proper handling of your produce does not take place. We will cover how to minimize these risks to keep consumers safe, and how to balance soil health management and food safety practices. Topics include: Good Agriculture Practices, Soil Testing and Reading Results and Increasing Soil Health with Cover Crops.
Afternoon portion will be held at Three Sisters Farm. Three Sisters is a certified organic low country farm producing specialty crops, flowers and eggs. Here we will tour the facility, see the Haney Soil Nutrient Demonstration site and talk about on farm food safety practices.
Date & Location:
Monday, October 9 9AM – 2PM
9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Technical College of the Low Country
100 Community College Drive
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Three Sisters Farm
30 Porcher Rd
Registration (includes local lunch):
$15 Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Members (log in to receive your member discount, or call 919.542.2402)
Registration deadline is October 2 Cancellations and refund requests will be accepted until the registration deadline.
Gena Moore, CFSA’s Organic Research Coordinator
Mark Dempsey, CFSA’s Farm Services Coordinator
Patricia Tripp, CFSA’s Local Produce Safety Manager
— Carolina Stewardship Farm Association
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