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August 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 
2015 Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

This intensive training workshop focuses on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management.  The target audience is professionals working with agricultural or urban soil management issues. This workshop will include a mix of in-depth classroom training, hands-on field and laboratory experiences, and opportunities to work with national and international colleagues.  There will be an optional field trip to discuss soil health practices, field assessment of soil health status, and appropriate management options.  Participants will learn about soil health principles, analysis, reporting, interpretation, and management from experts.

There is an optional Saturday August 8th field trip. Registration information available at   

August 6 & 7, 2015
PASA's 2015 Soil Health Summer Conference
Grange Fair, 169 Homan Lane, Centre Hall, PA 16828

This two-day in-depth learning experience will dive into practical and effective practices to build and maintain soil health on your farm. Lead speaker Gary Zimmer of Midwestern BioAg brings extensive knowledge on biological farming, and will share practical methods to work with nature - feeding soil life, balancing soil minerals and tilling soils with a purpose. Through a combination of classroom style presentations and on-farm experiences led by our team of speakers, attendees will gain a deep insight into soil function and management strategies for any farm.

Scholarships Now Available

The PASAbilities Fund, first introduced at the 2015 Winter Conference, is able to offer support to a few current farmers who are looking to transition their farm to more sustainable practices.

Phone: 814-349-9856 x11
Contact Name: Kristin Hoy

August 14-15, 2015
The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference
UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 14-15, 2015 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. This year, among the pre-conference offerings will be an all-day seminar on Friday, August 14, given by 2015 keynoter Natasha Campbell-McBride, on the healing potential of food for overcoming chronic illness. This is an event for the whole family: Music, dance, films, games, animal rides, and meet-ups. There’s a modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals. The phone number for the NOFA Summer Conference Registration Coordinator, Christine Rainville, is (508) 572-0816. Visit the conference webpage at:

August 24, 25 and 26, 2015
NY Farms to Host Healthy Soils for Dairy Grazers Workshops

The New York Grazing Coalition, Organic Valley Cooperative, and Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting three free on-farm healthy soils workshops for dairy operators who graze their cows. The workshops in Groton, Lisbon and Little Falls, NY, will feature hand-on learning opportunities with the National Grazinglands Coalition Soil Health Trailer and soil health presenters.The National Grazinglands Coalition Soil Health Trailer is equipped to measure and demonstrate vital physical, chemical, and biological components of soil health. Workshop participants will use penetrometers to measure soil compaction, and see a demonstration of the Active Carbon test that measures how much food the soil contains for the biological organisms that support soil health.

The 10am to 2:30 pm workshops are free and include a light lunch. Registration is requested with Ellen Fagan, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 607-753-5078,, for the program of your choice:

August 24: Fay Benson’s Custom Grazing Farm, 546 Cobb Street, Groton NY

August 25: Bob Zufall’s No-Grain Dairy, 21 Campbell Road, Lisbon NY

August 26: Dan Casler’s Organic Dairy, 909 Paradise Road, Little Falls NY.






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