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Farming for Maximum Photosynthesis
Many Hands Organic Farm
Barre, MA
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Sunday Sep 01, 2019 10:00 AM - Sunday Sep 01, 2019 2:00 PM | Free - $45.00


Farming for Maximum Photosynthesis
Maximum photosynthesis leads to more food of better quality.  The soil is phenomenal to work with and the farmers have more fun.

Jack and Julie purchased our land in Barre in 1980 and built our house, barn and our farm over the next 39 years. With an eye toward energy efficiency, stacking of enterprises and niches, raising as many different kinds of food  animal, vegetable, fruit, fungal  as possible, we have built our Many Hands Organic Farm to maximize fertility, diversity of crops and people to work on it, and are now working with our son Dan to set up a multi-generational landscape.

We will focus the workshop on the following topics:
no till vegetable and fruit production using intersown cover crops, heavy mulch, and targeted foliar nutrition
highly integrated animal husbandry  - pigs, chickens, turkeys  their rotations, feed and housing
all of the extra products and ventures that flow from this diverse and packed landscape
tour of energy efficient and solar house design/root cellar during lunch break

Hands on activities will include some demonstrations of the technology we are working with in collaboration with the NOFA/Mass project to track practices, soil fertility and crop quality.

*In order to keep this event affordable for our participants, lunch for this event is potluck-style. Participants are expected to bring a food item to contribute, their own utensils and a list of ingredients to accommodate those with food sensitivities.


Julie Rawson is a lifelong farmer, certified organic at Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre, MA since 1987, focusing on carbon sequestration and ultimate fertility and food quality.

Jack Kittredge has been a certified organic farmer for 30+ years and is editor of the NOFA journal The Natural Farmer.


Many Hands Organic Farm (View)
411 Sheldon Road
Barre, MA 01005
United States


Education > Tours
Education > Workshops

Non-Smoking: Yes!


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