workshop

Conservation Innovation Funding and No-Till Research

Sustainable, resilient farms depend on healthy soils. However, the tillage that many organic producers rely on to control weeds and other pests can be ruinous to soil structure, microbial communities, and accelerate soil organic matter decomposition. Large research projects in New Jersey are exploring strategies to reduce tillage in organic systems and measure the subsequent impacts on soil health. Join our panel to hear from Bridgett Hilshey, Agricultural Specialist with North Jersey RC&D to learn about future opportunities to participate in on-farm trials examining the use of roller crimpers and grazing to terminate cover crops. Scott Morgan of Morganics and Mike Rassweiler of North Slope Farm, will share their experiences from the first year of NOFA's multi-state, multi-year Soil Carbon study. Jen Salinetti, of Woven Roots Farm, will also join our Panel, to hear about current CIG projects in NJ, and join in a discussion about how to participate in building soil health.