Eco-Ag U

Eco-Ag U

Take Your Ecological Agriculture Education to the Next Level!

2022 Eco-Ag U Workshops

Dec. 5-6, 2022 • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dig in deeper to ecological agriculture and take your goals to the next level with an all-day Eco-Ag U intensive workshop. We pick some of the finest speakers and educators in the world and offer our attendees a chance to learn from them in small classroom environments. If you are just getting started, or a veteran farmer looking for new strategies for success, selecting Eco-Ag U workshops will get you the right fundamentals to take home with you.

Each Eco-Ag U workshop is chock full of opportunities to learn from expert instructors, ask questions, and connect with others through dedicated networking times. All workshops take place on December 5 or 6 from 8:30 am – 5 pm and will include two refreshment breaks and an opening reception on Monday evening, December 5. Lunchtime will be your opportunity to get outside the venue on your own and visit a local Kentucky establishment.

We’re excited to help you be more successful by expanding your agriculture tool kit. Join us for one (or two!) Eco-Ag U workshops this year!

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This year’s Eco-Ag U workshops include:

The Foundations and Practice of Biological Farming Systems

John Kempf & Rick Clark

Monday, December 5

Plant Disease and Mineral Nutrition

Dr. Don Huber

Monday, December 5

Integrating Annual Crops into Perennial Systems

Mark Shepard

Monday, December 5

Life Cycle of Health from Humus to Human

Dr. Nasha Winters & Guests

Tuesday, December 6

Managing Soil Biology for a Profitable Farm

Kris Nichols

Tuesday, December 6

Foundations and Advances in Biological Farming

John Kempf, Advancing Eco-Agriculture

Monday, December 6

In this workshop, John Kempf will describe the principles and science of regenerative farming ecosystems that harness much more of the energy coming into the system, and produce Olympic athlete-level performance. When a truly regenerative ecosystem is functioning well, the need of external inputs becomes less and less.

In order to develop regenerative agriculture eco-systems in which soil health is quickly regenerated, crop yields and quality constantly improve, pest pressure becomes less of a challenge, and crops are much more resilient to climate extremes, we simply need to implement what is already known. With these farming strategies we can increase soil and crop performance by several levels of magnitude and reduce the need for external inputs. Register here.

Managing Mineral Nutrition & Plant Disease to Create Resilient Crops

Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University

World-famous speaker, author and soil scientist Dr. Don Huber will address critical soil management techniques involving mineral nutrition, and how balancing the right minerals in your soil will help decrease disease pressure, among other many benefits. Go deep with Dr. Huber as he explores both primary minerals, and the secondary minerals that really drive crop health. This session will be perfect for anyone who is looking for specific soil health techniques, is trying to crack the case on common plant diseases, and/or is in need of an advanced education on soil minerals. Register here.

Successful Soil Health Management, Diagnostics, & Triage

Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils

Monday, December 6

Agroecologist Nicole Masters will walk through the 5 M’s of successful soil health management – Mindset, Management, Minerals, Microbes and organic Matter, show workshop attendees how identify the biggest drag on their operation, and help them to identify the most critical point to leverage for the biggest impact. Register here.

Designing and Building a Successful Permaculture Operation

Mark Shepard, Farming Consultant

Tuesday, December 7

Mark Shepard is the author of the books Restoration Agriculture and Water for Any Farm. He and his family have transformed a typical 140-acre row-crop dairy farm into a permaculture-based perennial-agricultural ecosystem using oak savannah, successional brushland and Eastern woodlands as ecological models. In all, they have planted 100,000 trees on this property. The result is one of the first and finest farm-scale models of permaculture in the United States. New Forest Farm features chestnut, hazelnut and fruit trees, a variety of other fruits and vegetables, chickens, ducks, pigs and other animals. Register here.

Questions? Email or call 1-970-392-4464.