Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide

Dates and Join Link

Starting on Tues Feb 25, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM Eastern (GMT-5 New York), we will have a live weekly webinar each week for 6 weeks, ending on Mar 31, 2020. Please mark these dates and times in your calendar! If you miss the live webinars, the recordings will be posted in the course afterward.

Please note for our international students that the class on Tuesday, March 10th and afterwards will start 1 hour ahead due to daylight savings time in the US.

To access the webinars, click on the webinar join link that is posted in each week of the course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for that webinar, so while you can try clicking it sooner, it won't open the webinar meeting for you.

You may also join our webinars from a mobile device by installing the official Zoom app from your preferred app store. Then, when it's time for a webinar, simply open your Zoom app and enter the 9-digit meeting ID that will be posted at the top of each week in the course.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Foundation Principles: Introduction to Basic Soil Science and Soil Health

In the first week week, we get to know the other participants in class and learn about basic soil properties so you understand how it functions on your farm. We'll also discuss how to identify the soils on your property.

Week 2: Understanding the Ecosystem Processes

This week we’ll learn about the four ecosystem processes: water cycle, mineral cycle, biological communities, and energy flow and how they relate to soil health. Strategies on how to improve theses processes will be discussed.

Week 3: Ecosystem Processes Continued and Improving Soil Health With Plants

We’ll continue to talk about the ecosystem processes and how to improve soil health with the help of plants including cover crops. A guest speaker will talk about how they improve soil health on their organic no-till vegetable farm.

Week 4: Using Animals to Improve Soil Health

This week we’ll learn the impact animals can have on soil health. We’ll hear from a farmer how they improve soil through livestock.

Week 5: Tillage, Nutrients, and Soil Amendments

In week 5, we will learn about different types of nutrients and how to maintain healthy levels in your soil. We’ll go over what to test for and how to read your test. We’ll also talk about tillage and ways to minimize or eliminate it.

Week 6: Climate Smart Farming, Soil Health Plans and Monitoring

In our final session, we talk about how climate change is affecting farmers and what you can do to be resilient to it. We put it all together into a soil health plan and learn about ways to monitor your progress. We’ll also hear from another farmer how she improves soil health on her farm and what monitoring she has in place to check her progress.

Zoom Participants' Guide

Zoom Participant’s Guide .pdf