Unlock the Secrets in the Soil


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the start of a USDA effort meant to highlight the benefits of improving and maintaining America?s soil. This awareness and education effort features farmers from communities in numerous states?Ohio, Indiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Indiana, Utah, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas?where growers are increasingly interested in how improved soil health can benefit their operations. The agency is studying successes and identifying lessons learned in these states to share with farmers in other states.

?As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation?s soil is one of the most important endeavors of our time.

By focusing more attention on soil health and by educating our customers and the public about the positive impact healthy soils can have on productivity and conservation, we can help our Nation?s farmers and ranchers feed the world more profitably and sustainably ? now and for generations to come.?

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Learn more about Soil Secrets at our class!

Class on Plant Nutrition at the Observatory in Crescent City February 4, 2016

We will be doing a plant nutrition class with plant experts. The class is $20 or $15 for students. Please join us!

Event is from 9am-4pm with a lunch break at noon.

Growing Nutritious Herbs – Clarissa Holeneck
Nitrogen Fixation Panel– Samuel Eckhard, Natalie Logusch, Lawrence Katlin
Pruning – Harry Shendak
Vegetative growth – Natalie Logusch
Book Recommendations – Hilary Stent
Conclusion- Lawrence Katlin

Teachers include: Clarissa Holeneck, Samuel Eckhard, Harry Shendak, Natalie Logusch, Hilary Stent, Lawrence Katlin. Local experts include: Samuel Eckhard, Harry Shendak, Natalie Logusch and Hilary Stent

Nitrogen fixation is key for the nutritional profile of organic plants. Check out this study before the class!

This is the abstract from the study:
Root nodule symbiosis enables nitrogen‐fixing bacteria to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form that is directly available for plant growth. Biological nitrogen fixation provides a built‐in supply of nitrogen fertiliser for many legume crops such as peas, beans and clover. Legumes (Fabales) interact with single‐celled Gram‐negative bacteria, collectively termed rhizobia, whereas members of three other Rosid orders (Fagales, Cucurbitales and Rosales) interact with Gram‐positive filamentous actinobacteria of the genus Frankia. In legumes, infection proceeds through intercellular and trans‐cellular channels termed infection threads. At the same time, cells in the root cortex are induced to divide and generate the tissues of the nodule. Nitrogen fixation normally takes place within specialised bacteroid cells enclosed within organelle‐like cytoplasmic compartments termed symbiosomes. The anatomy and physiology of root nodules both reflect a high degree of structural and metabolic integration between plant and microbial symbionts.

In affiliation with The Center for Nutritional Biodiversity, Kris Hastern, Rose Cassidy, Margaret Sullivan, Jose Castana, Julia Smith, Natalie Logusch, Joseph Hayworth and Stephen Hausman