Natural farming and gardening workshop offered June 14 in Rockport
ROCKPORT — Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a free, hands-on workshop on Korean Natural Farming & Gardening techniques at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West St. in Rockport, on Thursday, Jun 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop, presented by Erickson Farm and Program Manager Aaron Englander, will show attendees a number of new farming techniques, including how to make natural fertilizers.
Englander will demonstrate Korean Natural Farming methods that encourage self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs. The three-hour workshop will present Natural Farming practices through live demos of various bio-fertilizers and nutrients. Workshop attendees will learn to make inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil inoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Fermented Plant Juice, Water-soluble Calcium and Calcium-Phosphate, and Lactic Acid Bacteria.
Natural Farming is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to large scale livestock operations. The goal of the workshop is for attendees to leave equipped with the knowledge to implement these practices on their own farm or garden.
Attendees should dress for the weather and wear work clothes and closed toed shoes. Please bring something to write with, drinking water, and work gloves. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register please call (207) 596-2040 or contact Hildy Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer.