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Sat, Mar 09



Dig Into Soil Health Workshop

Join us for an afternoon of learning how to care for your soil and manage your natural resources with soil health experts and organic farmers!

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Dig Into Soil Health Workshop
Dig Into Soil Health Workshop

Time & Location

Mar 09, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST


About the event

About Soil Health & Natural Resource Management + Workshop Details: 

Soil health and natural resource management are crucial processes in farming that allow producers to improve the resiliency of their working land and prevent degradation of valuable nutrients and microbiology within the soils. 

During this workshop, we will discuss essential management strategies to aid in the overall stewardship and production of the land, including topics;

  • The five soils health principles
  • How to apply soil health practices on your farm
  • Understanding of soil microbiology
  • Overview & different techniques within composting

Through this workshop you will be able to create a plan for stewarding soil, water, and other natural resources on your farm. Recognize that a farm functions as an ecosystem where all parts are interconnected, and understand the water, carbon, and energy cycling on your land. Soil health is an extensive topic to cover but this workshop is the perfect introduction to improve your soil health management that will in turn improve the production of your land!

  • Saturday, March 9th 12:00PM-4:00PM (CT)
  • Virtual, FREE
  • Requires computer with internet & Zoom access

Meet the Speakers! 

Seth Boechler: Menoken Farm 

Seth is the Farm Manager for Menoken Farms, his day to day tasks include seeding crops, managing the livestock, analyzing data, and assisting with Menoken Farm events. In addition to his work at Menoken, he has his own farm with cattle while using the same sustainable practices that Menoken Farm has implemented. Seth will be introducing Menoken Farm and what practices they use, diving into the 5 soil health principles, with an emphasis on the importance of animals within your crop rotation. 

Jon Stika: Soil Scientist & Soil Health Instructor 

Jon was a conservationist, agronomist, soil scientist and soil health instructor with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring in 2015. He continued his work with North Dakota State University Dickinson Research and Extension Center, and published in 2016 the book “A Soil Owner’s Manual: How To Restore and Maintain Soil Health”. Jon will be speaking on the importance of managing your soil health and how to apply best practices to your farm. 

Paul Lepp: Beagle Hill Organic Farm, Associate Professor of Biology 

Paul received his B.A in Biology and his PHD at Michigan State University in the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and the Center for Microbial Ecology. In 2005 Paul joined Minot State University within their Biology faculty as an Associate Professor of Biology. Paul also started operating his farm business Begal Hill Organic Farm in 2019 following organic gardening and permaculture practices. Paul will be doing a deep dive into what microbiology is and why it’s important in your soils and for the nutrient cycling for your crops.

Laura Halvorson: Garden Coordinator for Metigoshe Ministries, NDSU Master Gardener

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