Transitioning to No-Till on Stonecipher Farm
July 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmFree
Stonecipher Farm is an organic vegetable farm in Bowdoinham, run by Ian Jerolmack and Emily Goodchild. They converted from tilling 12 acres to using no-till practices on 4 acres starting in 2019 and have since seen it increase their bandwidth and the overall viability of their farm business. They earn more money, have better products, water less, fertilize less, have no weeds and enjoy a more tranquil environment because of it. Ian and Emily would love to share what they’ve learned with other farmers and seek to encourage others to consider no-till/deep-compost farming methods as both a time, financial and environmental conservation technique. They will take us on a walk of the farm and a deep dive into their soil health practices, including a discussion of some of the challenges and adjustments they’ve made in the transition, from labor needs to the cost of inputs.
All are welcome, although attendance will be capped and farmer registrations prioritized if interest exceeds capacity. This event is the first in the Soil Health Series, an ongoing series of events focused on soil health put on by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Maine Farmland Trust, MOFGA, UMaine Extension and the Wolfe’s Neck Center.
Join us for a tour, farmer discussion and pizza donated by Flatbread Pizza Co.!