Regional soil specialist, farmer and teacher Mark Fulford will be leading a one-and-a-half day soil quality seminar at Newforest Institute in Brooks on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Seminar participants will learn how to observe crop deficiencies through living field assays. Weed and wild plant indicators, crop and soil conditions, and test results will be used to formulate the best soil for several crop types. A variety of crop systems will be discussed, as well as an array of low-till and nutritional methods applied to annual and perennial crops in Maine and beyond.

The workshop fee is $75-$150 (sliding scale, depending upon ability to pay). The fee includes one-and-a-half workshop days, Saturday lunch, and snacks. To register for the workshop and optional overnight accommodations, contact Newforest at info@newforestinstitute.org or call (207) 722-3625.

Mark Fulford is a well-known, independent farm consultant and educator whose range of topics and expertise encompasses: transitioning from conventional to organic and biological agriculture; soil, crop, and forage nutrition; and preparing agriculture for peak oil, climate change and economic drift. He also teaches non-electric water technologies, hands-on skills in organic orcharding, organic no-till crop production, commercial- and small-scale composting, as well as fundamental rural skills and small farm food preservation.

Current work involves developing custom blended, field specific, soil amendment recipes for organic and nutritionally focused farm operations. These customized recipes are meant to simplify and improve the cooperation between consultant, farmer, supplier and organic certifier.

This service is made possible in cooperation with a number of excellent agricultural product suppliers, independent ag-educators and researchers who are also consulted for their contributions on the leading edge of sustainable soil, food, water and medicine issues. Recent discoveries and improvements in soil and plant cultural methods are also drawn upon to allow the widest availability for inputs and skills to give farmers and consumers the best quality possible.

The Newforest Institute is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of mutually sustaining relationships between people and the land. Newforest serves as a northeast hub for permaculture and maintains a teaching and demonstration facility located on 300 acres of forests, fields, and permaculture gardens in the village of Brooks.