This field day will focus primarily on two components, communication strategies on the farm and building healthy soil and the mutual support between the two.
For Soul Fire Farm, positive relationships and clear communication among team members are essential to the organization’s work to fight racism in the food system while promoting soil health and carbon sequestration on the farm. During this field day, the Soul Fire Farm team will explain the benefits and challenges of the communication strategies they use for building healthy organizational culture. The Soul Fire team will also discuss their implementation of reduced tillage practices and other regenerative soil farming methods and describe Soul Fire’s other programs including Black-Indigenous-People of Color (BIPOC) farmer and builder immersions, youth food sovereignty programs, and multiracial Uprooting Racism in the Food System workshops.
In addition, the Soul Fire Farm team will share their perspectives on the process of engaging in Food Justice Certification and how it has supported development of organizational policies. A representative of the Agricultural Justice Project will report on the joint NOFA-AJP project to provide technical assistance to farms on their labor and pricing policies and answer questions about Food Justice Certification.
Field day participants will have a chance to both witness and try out communication and feedback tools such as Real Talk and Courageous Conversations. There will be a tour of the farm highlighting the regenerative soil farming practices that have transformed rocky and depleted soil. This land now provides weekly vegetables, fruit, and eggs to 100+ families in Albany and Troy through Soul Fire Farm’s sliding scale, doorstep delivered CSA.
Following the tour, participants will be invited to engage in a round table exchange about their soil building practices where they will discuss these questions:
1) What are the main practices that YOU are using to build healthy soils?
2) What additional research is needed to identify and demonstrate the effectiveness of healthy soils practices?
3) What would be the best incentives or support mechanisms that would help you and those you know accelerate adoption of these practices?
There is no charge. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP, especially if you would like to stay for lunch.
This event is part of NOFA-NY’s 2019 Field Days. You can register for this and other events in the series here.
Soul Fire Farm, 1972 NY HWY 2
Petersburg, NY 12138
For more information and registration: https://www.nofany.org/our-events/2019-on-farm-field-days Cost: free