On cool, clear and breezy October 7th, people gathered at the Tikkun Olam Research and Teaching Farm for the Making Better Decisions for Better Soil Health Field Day. The group’s dynamics were really good and the small group size led to open conversations and sharing of personal experiences that really enhanced the day. Participants mentioned that they really enjoyed getting to know farm owner, Scott Goode.
There were a couple participants who were new to Holistic Management, but the majority of the group had attended at least one formal training. Certified Educator Angela Bougdro reported that there was a lot of enthusiasm over the Holistic Goal setting exercise with one participant exclaiming: “your Holistic Goal is the meat of Holistic Management,” which lead to some good discussion on values and what to do if not all members of the management team buy in to this process.
Phillip Morton, the County Executive Director for FSA, attended the event, participated in the exercises, and presented on FSA programs available for farmers. More information on FSA can be found here.
Participants were really excited about the soil building and carbon sequestration possible through the farming methods Scott practices. There was lots of conversation about scaling these methods up, the effect on soil carbon and soil health, water cycling, plant health and the resulting nutrition in vegetables farmed using these methods.
All of the participants who attended the Tikkun Olam Farm Day experienced knowledge, behavior and confidence increases with the following results:
- 100% of participants would recommend the event
- 100% of participants were satisfied with the event
- 100% of participants intend to change management practices
- 100% of participants expanded their network today by meeting new people or learning about resources available to them
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