Tomatillo Plant

Online Grower's Workshop Starts October 22, 2022

Many of the concepts and recipes outlined in the book,

"The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments"

will be covered in this program.

 

A soil-plant model will be introduced and built on in each successive class to form an  understanding of defined terms and practices used to sustainably regenerate the soil year after year. Learn about soil characteristics, measuring plant health, a mineral and biological amendment toolbox, ways to feed plants throughout the growing season using low-cost materials available in your community and the value of compost, cover crops, mulches and weeds.

 

 

 

 

Class 1 - Plant Soil Models and Soil Characteristics

Class 2 - Plant Health and How to Measure Plant Health

Class 3 - Mineral and Biological Amendments

Class 4 - Plant Sap Circulation Models, Foliar Spray and Drench

Class 5 - Garden Tools: Compost, Cover Crops, Mulch and Weeds!

Detailed Descriptions

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Class 1 - Plant Soil Models and Soil Characteristics:

A model of the rhizosphere is presented which will form a framework for understanding plant-soil interactions. Mineral proportions, exchange capacity, soil tilth, biological interaction and soil tests are discussed and summarized. This model will be the foundation to be built upon throughout the program. Making vinegar extractions will be demonstrated.

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Class 2 - Plant Health and How to Measure Plant Health:

Healthy food comes from healthy plants. Healthy plants come from healthy soil. As plant health improves the ability to thwart pathogens and insect pressure increases. Truly healthy plants manufacture secondary metabolites like antioxidants, the compounds we look for in our foods. Plant health can be measured using a refractometer. The use of a refractometer will be discussed and demonstrated.

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Class 3 - Mineral and Biological Amendments:

A sustainable, regenerative, mineral and biological amendment toolbox is presented and discussed. Amendments made from plants have all the minerals plants need. Analysis of some mineral amendments will be presented. Learn to close waste gaps and harness materials in your community to make effective amendments for free or low cost. Making leaf mold biology will be demonstrated.

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Class 4 - Plant Sap Circulation Models, Foliar Spray and Drench:

There are two plant sap circulation pathways. Understanding these sap flows helps to effectively feed plants throughout the growing season when soil mineral proportions or other stresses negatively affect plant health. Short and long-term mineralization and biological amendment strategies are discussed. Making fermented plant juices will be demonstrated.

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Class 5 - Garden Tools: Compost, Cover Crops, Mulch and Weeds!

Compost, cover crops, mulch and weeds are the tools that nature has used for millennia to regenerate the soil. These are the tools of sustainable regenerative agriculture and carbon sequestration. Learn how to incorporate these tools throughout the growing season to keep the soil covered and alive. Garden cycle examples will be presented and discussed. Learn to use what you have. There is always enough.​

Classes are designed to accommodate the introductory needs of the novice as well as detailed information wanted by the experienced grower

Logistics

 

This program will be held online via Zoom with five individual classes offered on five consecutive Saturdays, October 22, 29, and November 5, 12 and 19th.  Each class will be three hours long with two hours of presentation (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern time in the USA, think New York City) followed by an hour for participants to ask more in depth questions about the material covered, discuss specific areas of interest, and share in general conversation (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

 

Presentations are broken into small bites with breaks for question to facilitate discussion and learning

Join people from around the world and learn more about what is going on in your growing environment

Classes will be recorded and available upon request

There will be reading assignments from the book "The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments" Click here to order BOOK.