APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on April 17, 2017

Join in this field-based workshop in Creston & District to experience different soils and crop production environments! The workshop will travel to Herbada Farm, a commercial dairy farm on the Creston Flats; Cartwheel Farm, an organic market vegetable farm in Erickson; Twisted Roots, a four season community greenhouse in Crawford Bay; Yasodhara Ashram, an organic market garden; and Kootenay Honey Berry Farm, an emerging buckwheat, blueberry and honey farm.

Fields Forward is excited to welcome educators Bill and Laticia Chapman to our region. Bill is an agrologist with the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resource Operations. Currently based in Williams Lake, Bill has a farm near Castlegar that allows him to visit the Kootenays regularly. He has worked with producers throughout the Kootenays offering experience and technical support on how to improve crop production by creating healthy soil conditions

Laticia Chapman spent two years working on the Bullock Brothers Permaculture Homestead, has studied their methods and currently runs the family farm. Laticia serves on the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council.

This two-day workshop will focus on practical learning and skill building, including:

  • Building soil health for optimum crop health
  • How to sample your soils properly
  • Learning how to read your topography
  • Manure/composting management, positives and negatives
  • Learning about full cycle nutrient management

You can register for both days ($60), or just one ($30/day). Tickets are available through Eventbrite “Bill Chapman Soil Workshop” and find the event on Facebook.