The year is winding down and our thoughts turn to soil erosion, soil fertility and pasture and cover crops. I don’t grow much corn, but I sow rye and Harry Vetch in the standing corn as cover crops to improve the corn patches. Research shows the more cover crops your use, the more fertility you get. A North Dakota man uses 12 cover crops and has achieved 60 earthworms per square foot of soil. With earthworms present in those numbers the soil improves at an even greater rate.
This year’s 2014, 22nd Annual National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference (Oct. 23-25 at Mexico, Missouri) has the theme: “Rebuilding American Agriculture from the Ground Up”. We have gone to great lengths to provide a Keynote cover crop speaker (and two others) and a vermiculture speaker. There is a charge for the short courses but there are several free talks on both topics (see the Attendee information in this issue for many, many more details, call or visit www.smallfarmtoday.com).
A special thank you for both subscribers and advertisers for 30 years of publishing and the support you have given us and the understanding of our current health related delays in publication. Also, a thanks to trade show speakers, vendors and all others both current and past for 22 years of help and interest. The growing more than doubling number of Farmers’ Markets in the last 10 years is only one proof of revitalization and success!
Happy & Profitable Farming, Ron Macher Publisher/Farmer