Soil Health and Microbial Life

March 19, 2023
2-Hour Intensive Workshop via Zoom


How can we become more mindful stewards of the earth beneath our feet?

In anticipation of a robust and generative summer of healthy soils and healthy plants for the upcoming growing season, Crooked Farmz will be offering a 2-hour intensive workshop in mid-March titled Soil Health and Microbial Life. The course is designed to develop or refresh a baseline knowledge about soil composition and chemistry, and then to update this received wisdom with a better understanding of the life teeming underground in the microbiome — the vast living network that allows our plants to thrive.

The workshop will take place via Zoom. In part one, we will explore elements of classic soil science and introduce the key microbial actors at work in the soil microbiome. In part two, we will consider the decomposition of organics and a full spectrum of composting techniques available to suit any growing context. Finally, in part three we will outline a variety of probiotic strategies available to us in agricultural and horticultural applications, from the urban microfarm to the backyard garden.

Though we intend to take a “deep dive” into the soil to better understand the microbiome and its relationship to biodiversity, this workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate gardeners and growers. No prior knowledge is assumed, just some experience having your hands in the dirt growing things and a desire to know a little bit more about our role in creating healthy soil.

Registration: under Workshops (select ‘Pickup’ and ‘Zoom Workshop’ for your delivery options)

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We had some great feedback on your workshop from participants who shared how informative it was, and we definitely walked away with new knowledge!

Marissa Wiltshire, York Region Food Network