December 4, Narragansett

US (RI): Organic no-till and intensive vegetable production

Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using organic no-till practices on a commercial scale from Bryan O’Hara, owner and farmer at Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. During this day-long workshop Bryan will provide mountains of details in the concise, practical and cohesive manner we have come to appreciate from him over the years. He will take participants through his whole production system which has been profitable and sustainable for over 20 years.

Learn about the various steps of a no-till transition including
  • Eliminating preceding crops and reducing residues
  • Creating weed-free seed beds and controlling weeds
  • Applying fertility and increasing biological activity and diversity
  • Appropriate seeding including inter-seeding vegetable crops and cover cropping
Far from a broad abstract view of production systems, Bryan will cover various tools and techniques he has honed over two decades of production. Bryan will also focus on building soil and fertility, multi-cropping and season extension; cropping schedules. He will also discuss mowing and solarizing, weed-free composting, mulching, weed and pest control, broadcast seeding, irrigation as well as harvest techniques and efficient decision-making tips.

Bryan and and Anita Johnson have been growing vegetables on 1+ acres in Lebanon, CT for over 20 years. Bryan successfully converted his potato production to no-till methods several years ago. Bryan was named Organic Farmer of the Year at the 2016 NOFA Summer Conference.

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