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Join us at this year's Soil & Nutrition Conference as we explore the intricate relationships between human health, soil health, and ecological health.

We are very excited about the line-up of speakers this year, coming from diverse fields to share their insights on human health, agricultural and ecological revitalization, carbon sequestration, and quantum science, to name a few. 

Coming together around the idea of food quality, we can have a transformative impact on our health and well-being, as well as long-range agricultural and ecological sustainability.  

And it all starts in the soil.  

Conference Registration Details

***Last day for early-bird registration is October 15!***
NOTE: Prices listed are for early-bird registration, with standard pricing in parentheses BFA Member* General Admission
Pre-conference Strategy Gathering
November 28
$89  ($100) $175  ($200)
Soil & Nutrition Conference
November 29 & 30
$175  ($200) $275  ($325)
Single Day Rate $100  ($125) $150  ($175)

Pre-conference Vision & Strategy Gathering

Join us Tuesday, November 28, for the first public demonstration of the protoype Bionutrient Meter, the cornerstone of the Real Food Campaign.

With a flash of light from a hand-held device, we can now read nutrient density of a given fruit or vegetable.  With partner laboratories, we are actively building the database and algorithms that will soon allow us to choose quality, rather than what might look good or carry a trusted label.

Consumers will be empowered to transform the food system, as nutrient density becomes a driver of agricultural practices.

Share in the conversation about how we can coalesce around food quality, and how, with this device, we are positioned to shape the future of the food movement.

Conference Speakers   [click to view the full list]


Elaine Ingham
Soil Foodweb, Inc
Researcher, consultant, author, found/director of Soil Foodweb


Dan Kittredge
Bionutrient Food Association
Founder/Executive Director of BFA


Mark Fulford
Teltane Farm
Regenerative farmer, consultant, educator


Tim LaSalle
Chico State University
Regenerative agriculture specialist, consultant, smallholder farmer

David Montgomery
University of Washington
MacArthur Fellow, professor of geomorphology, author


Christine Jones
Amazing Carbon
Soil ecologist, consultant, educator


Ray Archuleta
NRCS USDA
Soil health specialist, conservation agronomist


Kathleen DiChiara
Rhode to Health, Inc.
Functional nutrition practitioner, educator, health advocate, author

Seasonal Agronomy Tips

With the arrival of fall, our farms and gardens are starting to slow down, and soon we'll be taking stock of another year gone by...

Hopefully by now, you've seeded cover crops, and have thought about strategies for improving soil health during the winter months.  If you haven't planted cover crops, it's not too late in most places, but you should move quickly.  Hairy vetch and rye will likely have time to get established, and crimson clover, rape, and others may as well.  Think about how you will deal with the cover crops in the spring, especially any that won't winter kill in your area.  Can you roll/crimp, cut, cover with plastic or cardboard, or otherwise prep for your spring plantings?  If you can't plant cover crops, think about what kinds of mulch/soil cover you can use over winter to protect the soil, and add organic matter (leaves, woodchips, straw, hay, etc).

If you haven't gotten a soil test in the last 2 years, we suggest a Base Test Plus Soil Test from Logan Labs soon, so you can get minerals applied before the ground freezes.  Working on major mineral imbalances, especially calcium and magnesium, is best done in fall.  This is a great time to apply any minerals that take time to break down (elemental sulfur, soft rock phosphate, limestone, gypsum), assuming your soil isn't prone to winter-time erosion issues (if so, see above cover crop and mulch recommendation!).

Also, this fall, when "cleaning up" the fields/beds, keep in mind that it's always best to leave roots in place when possible.  Rather than pulling everything up, or tilling, and leaving bare soil, consider simply cutting/chopping the plants and leaving in place as a mulch.  The communities of soil microbes will appreciate it.

If you have lots of woody plant material on the soil surface, consider inoculating it with a microbial inoculant designed to help breakdown that material.  Terra Biotics "Crop Recycle" is one such product that I've used.  If some of your plants were heavily diseased, it's often recommended that you remove that material.  Tomato late blight is one for which this is usually the recommendation.  I'm very mixed however on this, and believe it's not that simple.  Disease spores are everywhere... so it's not like a few more of them are likely to make that much of a difference - whether you get a disease or not is determined by the health and vitality of the plant.  That said, if you can't get good digestion of that plant material over winter, removal is likely the best approach (although you should certainly question why you aren't getting good digestion, and work to address it).

And for those of you who grow in greenhouses/hoophouses/covered growing areas, remember that your soil microbes still need moisture throughout winter, even if you're not growing a crop there.  So try to ensure that you can maintain adequate soil moisture throughout the winter months, and preferably a cover of growing plants...even if that just means leaving your fall lettuce crop to do their thing until spring.
 

Agronomy conference call

with David Forster, BFA soil & farm consultant

The next Agronomy Conference Call with David Forster, our in-house soil and farm consultant, will be held at 8pm EST on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

This free 1-hour call is your chance to get your questions answered by our staff agronomist. And tell your friends... everyone’s invited!  (BFA membership is not required).

Conference Call Dial-in Info
Phone Number: 1-302-202-1118
Conference code: 910076

Check the Agronomy Consulting page for additional details.

And remember, if you are a "Grower Member" of the organization, you get up to an hour of 1-on-1 consulting help from our Agronomist, David Forster.  Subject to availability, so contact David today.

 

Thank you to our conference supporters!

Help support a growing movement.  BFA is seeking aligned organizations and individuals to help underwrite our conference and enable us to offer scholarships to attendees based on financial need.

Please join the organizations below in helping us in make the Soil & Nutrition Conference a catalytic event to advance food quality.

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