Profiting Through Conservation Series: Advanced Urban Composting

In June 2022, FARFA’s sister non-profit, the Council for Healthy Food Systems (CHFS), began hosting a variety of conservation workshops at Texas locations. These workshops are focused on building farmers’ skills to improve land management in Texas, and will continue through 2023. 

Funded by a grant from the National Resources Conservation Service of the USDA, these workshops share techniques to increase soil health, improve water quality, provide habitats for local wildlife species of concern, boost the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural land, and build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.

Profiting Through Conservation workshops are aimed at beginning farmers and ranchers, particularly military veterans, but open to anyone interested in improving their land. They cover a wide range of topics such as rotational grazing, cover cropping on small acreage, high tunnels, pastured poultry, and more. Each of the participating farms will host workshops on different topics, tailored for their regions and farm types, over the next two years. In addition, each location will be the site of two meetings per year offering technical and financial assistance information relating to implementing these land management practices.

Advanced Urban Composting Workshop

Join the Council for Healthy Food Systems for a FREE workshop devoted to increasing soil health!

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. 

Where: F.A.R.M.  located at 5532 Rocky Creek Road, Crowley, TX 76036

This FREE one-day workshop hosted by F.A.R.M. (Farmers Assisting Returning Military) on Advanced Urban Composting will take your growing skills to the next level.

Participants will learn about compost- and plant-based teas and how they enrich soils by helping retain moisture and suppressing plant diseases and pests, while encouraging the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that breaks down organic matter to create humus — a rich, nutrient-filled material.

Attendees will also learn how to build a compost tea cage and a compost tea brewer. This hands-on workshop will help you build valuable skills to enrich all your growing efforts, whether it’s on a small urban plot or larger scale productions.

In addition, the following topics will be discussed:

  1. Improving Soil Health through increasing organic matter in the soil, improving nitrogen fertilizer management and the use of cover crops
  2. Improving Water Quality and Overcoming Insufficient Water through rainwater harvesting, livestock water lines, water wells, critical area planting and grassed waterways
  3. Improving environmental and economic performance of working lands
  4. Strengthening local food projects

Thanks to a generous grant, we are able to offer this workshop for FREE as well as provide lunch at no cost to attendees. For this reason, and because space is limited, please notify us right away if you can no longer attend. This ensures that we can fill your space if we end up with a waiting list, and not purchase more lunches than needed.  

There is a stipend of $500 available to attendees who attend four of the workshops in our Profiting Through Conservation series, one Resource Meeting, and fill out all surveys.

Do you have any questions? Please contact Shanna Crew at shanna@healthyfoodsystems.org

Register HERE.