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Tilth Conference: Sustainable Systems II

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Workshops: Sustainable Systems II

Biodynamic Principles and Practices

  • Clay Wesson
  • The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can be taken up by any farmer or gardener wanting to enhance the health and vitality of their soil and the food and seeds they grow. We will explore the unique and practical ways that you can apply biodynamics to grow the most nutrient-dense and vibrant food possible.  Come with an open a mind and questions to this brief introduction to the foundations of Biodynamics.

Healthy Soils, Healthy Environment, Healthy Economy – the Nisqually Community Forest Project

  • Lisa Remlinger, Evergreen Forests Program; Harold Crose, Resource Conservationist; Max Webster, Washington Environmental Council
  • The Nisqually Community Forest is a community-owned working forest near the gateway to Mt. Rainer National Park. It is currently 1,900 acres of what is planned to be a 30,000 acre working forest. It is managed sustainably, with the goal of increasing the amount of mature, ecologically complex forest in this important watershed. Shifting to longer rotation forestry and implementing other sustainable management practices has multiple benefits: providing habitat and connectivity for wildlife, assisting in the recovery of steelhead and Chinook through improvements in water quality, sequestering carbon, and improving soil quality. High quality soil allows for increased root development and tree growth, which minimizes stress during periods of drought and reduces susceptibility to insects and wildfire. Limiting soil disturbance and controlling erosion also increases organic matter, and improves infiltration of water during periods of heavy rain. Better management in the uplands provides better water quality and quantity in the lowlands. The presentation will discuss how we developed the community forest, and specifically the modeling of ecosystem services using the Visualizing Ecosystem Land Management Assessment model (VELMA). 
From Hoof to Plate: Business Essentials for Pastured Livestock Producers 
  • Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Oregon State University
  • [Description coming soon]
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