The recording of the Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) webinar from last week is now available online at www.oeffa.org.
The webinar, “Effective Cover Cropping Systems for Specialty Crop Farms,” featuring Steve Groff looked at the effectiveness of tillage radish as an annual cover crop alternative. A passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture, including soil conservation, soil health, and food quality, Groff began using no-till practices in the early 1980s. He later began using cover crops as another soil conservation measure, improving his technique over time to plant specific cover crops based on what will be planted the following year. Some of his fields have not been touched by any tillage equipment for over 30 years!
Recordings from the other webinars in the series are also available online:
Improving Efficiency on Your Organic Farm
Building Mutually Profitable Relationships with Independent Chefs and Restauranteurs
Advanced Weed Management Techniques
A Systematic Approach for Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Quality on Your Farm
The next webinar in the series will be held in early April and feature Mark Langan of Mulberry Creek Herb Farm in Huron, Ohio. This workshop will focus on how small-scale specialty crop farmers can overcome the hurdles of marketing to direct retail outlets. Langan’s certified organic farm produces more than 900 varieties of herb, vegetable, and perennial plants; seeds; asparagus crowns; potato tubers; strawberry plants, and more, and serves as a retail center and wholesaler to stores and garden centers. Date, time, details, and a registration link will be announced soon at www.oeffa.org and www.cvcountryside.org.
Partial funding for this webinar series is provided through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.