Massachusetts Coordinated Soil Health Program
Overview of the program
American Farmland Trust- in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), NOFA/Mass, and UMass Amherst, is establishing a soil health program for the state of Massachusetts that serves farmers of the Commonwealth, with an initial focus on produce and dairy farmers, both organic and conventional, in each county of the Commonwealth. Through the implementation of cover crops, no-till, nutrient management, and other soil health management practices, soil health can be improved-- as can resiliency to climate change and farm viability.
A selection of videos and other resources around soil health practices.
(9/26/21) Interplanting and Plant Intensification with Gaining Ground Farm
Have you been considering starting, or transitioning to, a no-till farm? Join us at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord, MA to learn small-scale, high-yield methods for crop production using methods that minimize soil disturbance and maximize soil health. We will discuss what we love and don’t love about the tools we use: planting with the paper pot transplanter, using Johnny’s tilther for bed prep, the BSC power harrow, the broadfork, our cultivation tools, and greens harvester. Farm manager Anna Kelchlin will lead an interactive field walk with observations and input from guest presenter Yoko Takemura of Assawaga Farm in Putnam, CT.Find tickets
(10/7/21) Farm Energy and Resource Conservation – Working with NRCS and FSA Technical Assistance and Conservation Programs
Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) will spend time going over the conservation planning process and how to apply for financial assistance conservation programs. Farm Service Agency (FSA) will cover the first step in the whole process – registering your agricultural operation in the USDA database. NRCS will dive a little deeper into soil health and other relevant technical topics at the farm. Host Red Fire Farm will share their experience working with NRCS programs and current soil health and resource conservation practices on the farm.Register here