Grower’s Toolbox: Hurricane Prep + Fall for Soil Health

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CFSA's Grower's Toolbox
Dear Nahid,

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas, it’s likely that many of you are preparing your farms for the worst. While we can’t be there to batten down the hatches alongside you, we can offer these resources to hopefully help you prepare and recover from whatever this storm brings:

Be safe out there.

Beyond Florence, we’re seeing indicators everywhere that signal the changing season. Fallen leaves and cooler mornings have us thinking about how seasonal change impacts the soil.

Soil health is a leading priority for most farmers but measuring that health can be challenging. The fall is a great time to test your soil for health measures, nutrients, and more. Collecting soil at the same time each year, under similar environmental conditions, will give more consistent results helping you to understand how your farming and stewardship practices are impacting your soil. Read Assess Soil Health for Better Crop Management below to find out more about measuring soil health and the work that CFSA has been doing to learn more about the topic.

Also in this edition, we’re including our favorite, free, new-to-us resource for identifying insects, ways for your farm business to connect with buyers interested in sourcing local foods, nominations for CFSA’s Annual Awards, and a reminder to apply for EQIP if you want to proceed with getting financial assistance in implementing conservation practices that benefit the soil, water, and wildlife on your farm.

Cheers,

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Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Director of Farm Services and Food Systems

P.S. Between you and me, registration rates will go up in October, so register now for the 2018 Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in November!

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