Applications open for no-till organic market gardeners

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Campti Field of Dreams has been awarded a USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant to support 20 beginning market gardeners as they implement No-Till Organic Market Garden Production over the next three years.

Training – Virtual 12-week classes will be held on Tuesday’s from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Topics include:

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No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm: How to Start and Run a Profitable Market Garden that Builds Health in Soil, Crops, and Communities
Your Role in the Green Environment – An introduction to construction trades
The Business of Organic Farming – Food Safety and Direct Marketing
Scaling Your Farm Business – Aggregation & Distribution
Mentorship – A monthly participants meeting will be held on the first Monday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. beginning April 4th, 2022.

Soil Testing Spring and Fall:

A Total Nutrient Digest
Total Organic Carbon (Dry Combustion) Test
POX-C Test – Active Carbon
Aggregate Stability Test
Haney Test
Phospholipid Fatty Acid (PLFA)
For more instructions and to apply, click here.

Applicants must have a farm serial number (USDA FSA Service Center) and dedicate 1/4 acre (~104 feet by 104 feet, 10,890 SF) of land to implementation of the conservation practice.

Selected applicants will receive training, a gardening toolkit, bi-annual soil testing, mentoring, financial incentives, and become part of a peer-to-peer network.

Participants must commit to participating in the virtual meetings and online classes, facilitate 3 on-farm visits per year, and implement the No-Till conservation practice for 3 years. All materials and training sessions are free, but participants will be responsible for their travel and lodging for an in-person field day each year. This program is limited to 20 participants.

Please note that you will be participating in a federal research project and withdrawal from the program may result in having to repay the grant.

The application deadline for this program is March 10, 2022. The first virtual session will be on Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm via zoom.

If you know someone who wants to become a market gardener but needs some education and support, please share the application.

Questions?

Contact Donna Isaacs at donna@camptifieldofdreams.org.