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Soil and Nutrition Conference, Northampton MA

January 28, 2013

This week, we will be headed to Northampton, Massachusetts for a NOFA Soil and Nutrition Conference held by Dan Kittredge, director of the Bionutrient Food Association. We have attended lectures held by Dan Kittredge during our first years farming and look forward to coming to the conference with a more developed understanding of our own farm, 4 years into the business. Kittredge focuses on soil nutrition being the most important factor in plant health. Poor soil conditions breed weak, diseased plants which are more susceptible to pests. The idea behind bio-intesive soil nutrition, is that if we are providing our plants with the optimal nutrient-rich soil, we are preventing disease, therefore future needs for pest control. Essentially this allows us to grow healthier plants, which means more nutritious food for our communities! Kittredge’s view on the importance of soil nutrition, seems to reflect some contemporary medical theories of nutrition and disease prevention. In a world in which we see direct correlations between our dietary habits and our health, this understanding of the role of nutrition feels almost intuitive as being a solution to health issues. We look forward to the upcoming conference and hope to indulge more detailed lessons when we return!

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  1. February 11, 2013 10:45 am

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    • February 11, 2013 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! The matter of soil nutrition is one we have tried to focus on in our years with our farm. We have found The Northeast Organic Farming Association to be a wonderful source of very intelligent and driven farmers and scientists. They offer workshops, lectures and conferences to members and non-members alike. Please feel free to respond or e-mail us anytime- and Thank you again!
      -Farmer Amanda

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