Inviting Farmers and Ranchers of all scales and production systems
Join us for the fourth annual Soil Revolution Conference.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
CCA Credits Available
Registration and Breakfast
Adventures in Regenerative Farming: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Dan will discuss challenges and successes of economics, pest pressures, and market differentiation as they transition their no-till/cover crop system into organic production using the five principles of soil health as their roadmap. Read More…
Soil Your Undies Demo
Healthy soil is full of life. Knowing how much biological activity is in your soil is an important step to understanding your soil health. With proper management, the ground beneath your crops should teem with millions of tiny lifeforms – bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, earthworms – all busy transferring nutrients, eating and decomposing organic material through nutrient cycling in processes that help plants thrive. A simple test helps measure this. We buried 100% cotton briefs in the ground for two months. Lifeless soil kept the tighty-whities intact, whereas organically thriving soil ate away at the briefs. See the results from different management systems from across Boulder County.
Building Resiliency and the Triple Bottom Line on Your Farm with Organic Matter
Kevin will cover the evolution of his family’s farm from rundown ground with 1% organic matter to verdant fields with 6% organic matter. He will discuss the aggressive tactics he and his family took to add organic matter back to the soil quickly, as well as the setbacks, the successes and how valuing organic matter and soil health can work to increase the resiliency of an operation. Read More…
No Water? No Problem! Jumpstarting Your Biological Activity on Rangeland
Steve will address how to increase your biological activity when you don’t have the rainfall or irrigation water to support traditional methods to improve soil health. Steve will discuss how he got started with on-farm composting and holistic resource management, the benefits he has observed in terms of yield, resiliency and herd health and how his management strategies continue to evolve in order to best manage soil health in a semi-arid environment. Read More…
Elizabeth will run a water infiltration test on two different local soils. Using Valmont cobbly clay samples from two neighboring vegetable gardens with different tillage regimens, she will demonstrate how rainfall infiltrates at different rates into soil, depending on how that soil has been managed. Read More…
Practical Methods for Healthy Soils on Diversified Vegetable Farms
Helen will discuss he boundary-pushing efforts used to build soil health in vegetable and fruit production systems, including her evolution towards a low-input, labor-saving, soil- and habitat-building farm system, and how she employs carbon farming, reduced tillage/no-tillage, permanent living mulches and “grow-your-own-fertilizer.” Helen will also cover how she trials these new methods and how she evaluates the return on investment. Read More…
Cover Cropping for Sustainability: My Story
This is my story of how introducing cover crops to our operation is helping move us toward a sustainable system both on the land and economically. It is a work in progress, things are always changing, but our goal remains the same: Sustainability. Read More…
Panel Discussion with Dan DeSutter, Steve Charter, Kevin Schilthuis, & Helen Atthowe
Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Credits Available
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If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor, please email Vanessa McCracken.