This online short course is intended for NRCS staff, Soil and Water Conservation staff, Extension Educators, farmers and other agricultural professionals in the Pacific Northwest, but anyone is welcome to register and attend. This course is led by Stephanie Frischie and Corin Pease of the Xerces Society, who will discuss common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations. Jen Aron, soil health educator and farmer/owner of Blue Raven Farm will talk about their experiences following an ecological model to grow vegetables on 1.5 acres near Corbett, Oregon. Jen will share in detail how their focus on soil health over the past six years has increased crop productivity and has greatly reduced pests, diseases and weeds, while encouraging a plethora of beneficial insects.
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