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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner

May 4, 2011

Soil Management Workshop at Tallahassee's Turkey Hill Farm on June 20

A free workshop at Tallahassee’s Turkey Hill Farm 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 20 will tackle one of the most significant challenges many Florida farmers face—sound soil management. Farmer Herman Holley, UF/IFAS vegetable specialists Danielle Treadwell and Monica Ozores-Hampton, and FOG outreach staff will lead this soil management workshop that will provide farm-proven, research-supported practical advice for specialty crop farmers in the region.

Farmers who participate will benefit from host farmers’ experiences and insights, the most up-to-date soil management research, and the wisdom and experiences of participating farmers. Topics will include cover cropping, on-farm composting, crop rotation, fertility management, and potentially others. Dr. Treadwell is an assistant professor with research and extension interests in cover cropping and nutrient management. Assistant Professor Dr. Ozores-Hampton focuses on nutrient use efficiency, fertilization practices, and compost utilization.

Turkey Hill Farm is located in eastern Leon County, just outside Tallahassee in Florida’s Red Hills Region. Farmers Louise Divine and Herman Holley acquired the property’s 89 acres in 1999 and are farming four acres, gradually thinning out the planted pines to open up new areas for cultivation. The farm includes diverse ecosystems and wildlife habitat, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens. To meet increasing demand for locally grown food, the farm’s fresh produce is sold at area farmers markets, through 30 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, and to select restaurants. Louise and Herman are also founders of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, which recently launched an online farmers market to connect farmers and consumers in the region.

FOG is a non-profit organization established in 1989 in Gainesville. FOG's Education and Outreach Program promotes organic and sustainable agriculture and healthy and just food systems, informing producers, consumers, media, institutions and governments about the benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture.

To register for the workshop, visit www.foginfo.org/scbgworkshops and complete the registration form. For more information call 352.377.6355 or email .

 

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