Resilient Farmer Project

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Resilient Farmer Project

  1. 1. Resilience: the ability to recover quickly...
  2. 2. ...from setbacks such as drought
  3. 3. In 2011, the Kerr Center received a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)...
  4. 4. ...from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
  5. 5. ...to train organic, transitioning, and sustainable vegetable farmers...
  6. 6. ...in production systems design and techniques...
  7. 7. ...that will make their farms less dependent on off-farm inputs...
  8. 8. ...and, in the case of weed management, reduce labor costs.
  9. 9. The key elements of this organic, bio- intensive production system...
  10. 10. ...are winter cover crops...
  11. 11. ...green fallow (summer) cover crops...
  12. 12. ...and planned crop rotations.
  13. 13. This system trades land (production area) for the labor, energy, and other external inputs usually invested in weed control.
  14. 14. It relies on biology, rather than off-farm inputs, to manage the long-term fertility of the soil.
  15. 15. Its extended rotations and enhanced soil biology suppress many of the diseases and insect pests that are problematic with more intensive systems.
  16. 16. The system also controls erosion and prevents nutrient leaching...
  17. 17. ...provides mulch...
  18. 18. ...and attracts beneficial insects.
  19. 19. Supporting practices include biochar...
  20. 20. ...compost...
  21. 21. ...(including vermicompost)...
  22. 22. ...compost teas and compost extracts...
  23. 23. ...and plant-based foliar fertilizers.
  24. 24. Six farmer cooperators are receiving intensive training...
  25. 25. ...and selecting techniques from among these to implement on their own farms.
  26. 26. Large public field days to demonstrate the bioextensive system...
  27. 27. ...were held in 2012...
  28. 28. ...and again in 2013.

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