Old 10-04-2003, 12:59 PM
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As you read about upcoming meetings on organic turf or garden care, please post them here. Here's a link to one to kick things off.

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Old 10-07-2003, 10:32 AM
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This event will be more farm related but if you have the time and are in North Carolina, the cost is very good.

October 20: Compost Teas, Compost, and On-farm Beneficial Microbe Extracts
The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will present a crop production workshop as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Workshop Series on Monday, October 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agricultural Building in Pittsboro. “Compost Teas, Compost, and On-farm Beneficial Microbe Extracts” will be presented by Steve Diver, a Program Specialist from ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas), the USDA-funded national sustainable agriculture information service of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) based in Arkansas; Dr. Frank Louws, NCSU Researcher and Extension Plant Pathologist specializing in sustainable disease management for NC growers; and Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent with NC Cooperative Extension in Chatham County.

Compost, Humus, and the Living Soil

Soil Foodweb Concepts
Compost Methods
Farm-scale Compost Turners
Compost Quality and Standards
Humified Compost
Mineralization Rate
Compost Application Rates
Using Compost as an Inoculant to Improve Crop Vigor - NC Research

Compost Teas

History of Compost Teas
Types of Compost Teas and Extracts
Components of Compost Teas
Use and Benefits of Compost Teas
Rhizosphere and Phyllosphere Target Sites
Rhizosphere Benefits for Microorganisms
Soil Foodweb Concepts
Compost Teas for Disease Suppression
Mechanisms and Target Pathogens
Compost Tea Production Methods
Brewing Compost Teas
Compost Tea Recipes
Compost Tea Brewing Equipment: Commercial-scale and Home-made
Minimum Standards for Compost
Pathogen Risk Reduction
Compost Tea Use in North Carolina - What Are Farmers Doing?

Parallel On-farm Extracts and Beneficial Microbe Inoculation Systems

Effective Microorganisms
Indigenous Microorganisms
Biodynamic Preparations
Cow Patty Pit
Fermented Plant Extracts
Purchased Inputs and On-farm Inputs
Alternative Farming Systems Tools: Nature Farming, Biodynamics, BioOrganics
Substrate and Microbial Culture
Benefits of Plant and Compost Extracts

The cost of the workshop will be $20 and includes lunch and a comprehensive resource notebook. Pre-registration is required by October 10. Contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202 for more information. To register, complete a registration form and mail it with your check to Debbie Roos, PO Box 279, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

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