Regenerative agriculture focuses on improving soil health by disturbing the soil as little as possible, and keeping the ground covered and planted as much as possible. This improves water retention, crop yield, and nutrition quality, while avoiding soil erosion. In addition, this may be the solution to improve CO2 control in the atmosphere thereby regressing climate change. The first session will be an introduction to the soil ecosystem, followed by a practical farming application and closed with information for organic home gardening.
In these lecture series you can learn:
- How we can improve soil ecosystem and biome diversity
- How we can better define tillage
- The advantage of crop rotation
- Why regenerative farming is the future
- How soils, nutrients, soil management, impacts your organic gardening and how our choices affect our environment, now and in the future.
The Living Soil: Humanity is facing several challenges, including climate change, carbon emission control, and soil erosion. Modern industrial agriculture shows signs of unsuitability due to increased amount of fertilizer, pesticides and other chemicals. This course will show alternative farming methods that would address several of these problems. Presenter: Dr. George Nemecz; Ph.D. CAy; retired professor of Biochemistry, Campbell University School of Pharmacy and School of Osteopathic Medicine at Buies Creek NC.
Crop Production Methods to Reduce Climate Change: This session will explain how conservation tillage can help to sequester carbon within soil, reducing the amount that is released into our atmosphere, a major concern to climate scientists. Examples from the presenter's actual "on-farm" research studies and the effects to crop yield will be shared. Presenter: George Naderman; Ph. D.; Retired Extension Soil Management Specialist, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, NC State.
You Are Where You Plant: What is organic gardening? If you use chemicals in the garden, is it considered organic? Can organic gardening be cost effective and sustainable? Where should you use organic controls and maybe where not? What are the benefits to organic gardening – for yourself and the environment? This session discusses how soils, nutrients, soil management, and use of controls impacts how you garden and how our choices affect our environment, now and in the future. Presenter: Rich Woynicz; certified Wake County Master Gardener Volunteer and leads and volunteers at numerous community gardens in Wake County; he has a 1/4-acre garden of his own.
Registration deadline: March 11
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