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Day-Long Free Training: No-Till Management for Vegetable Producers

The NH Association of Conservation Districts in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and UNH Cooperative Extension, among other partners, are excited to host a free, soil health workshop for vegetable producers in Milford, New Hampshire this March.

No-till & cover crop expert Steve Groff of Cover Crop Solutions will share his knowledge about soil health management practices for vegetable production during a day-long training on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 9am-4pm. The training will begin in the basement meeting room of the Chappell Professional Center at 468 Route 13 South in Milford, NH and move to Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis for the afternoon portion of the training.

Topics to be covered include overcoming the challenges of transitioning to a no-till system, the management of cover crop systems and practical insights that make cover crops work, weed management, and planning for the soil health success of your vegetable production. In the afternoon, the group will move to Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH to explore and discuss the District’s no-till vegetable transplanters. Conversation around equipment will include how to make the transplanters work for you, equipment setup and operation tips.

Registration is required for this event. If you would like to attend this free training, please register online at: For questions, or assistance with registration, please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext. 4. Morning refreshments will be provided, but please BYO bag lunch to this event.

Steve Groff is the founder of Cover Crop Solutions, a national cover crop seed business featuring Tillage Radish® and other new and emerging cover crops. He manages over 400 replicated cover crop research plots on his farm to document the investment of cover crops and how to make them effectively increase profits. Steve and his family farm 225 acres of cash grain crops, 25 acres of pumpkins and two acres of high tunnel tomatoes in Lancaster County, Penn. Cover crops are used purposefully, and some fields have not been tilled for over 35 years. His Cedar Meadow Farm has been the recipient of numerous national, state and local awards, and Steve speaks internationally about his cropping strategies.

Funding for this project is provided by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded to the Cheshire County Conservation District through the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, & Food, NH Association of Conservation Districts, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer. Additional partners on this project include the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Green Start, and the NH Conservation Districts of Sullivan, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Strafford, Rockingham, Belknap, and Merrimack counties.

The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners.  For more information, contact the Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.4.

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