The Farm Systems Intensive is a 10-day program that explores the agroecological practices that will help beginning farmers learn and establish regenerative practices. Workshops cannot be attended individually, but are available as a complete curriculum, or as crops-only or livestock-only sessions. Explore the full curriculum here.
soil science and testing
The soil chemistry and testing class will introduce the history of soil management and show soil examples of good and bad management practices. We will then work through some testing and review how to interpret the Woods End soil test before discussing soil amendment decisions.
Will Brinton is the inventor of the Solvita and the founder of Woods End Laboratories in Maine. He grew up in Pennsylvania, and attended agricultural boarding school in Ohio. He managed a 15-acre organic vegetable & goat farm in Maine, and trained abroad earning degrees while studying soil biology testing in Germany, comparative farm studies in Sweden and soil organic nutrients in Switzerland (Institute for Biological Husbandry Research). Unity Environmental College, awarded him a doctorate in Environmental Science for compost and soil biology efforts. Brinton’s work focuses on whole-system cycles. Soil carbon moves via microbial respiration to plants via photosynthesis and back again into the system, but is never static. Broken links in the chain have been caused by modern practices triggering loss of soil humus and ill health effects. By retracing steps Brinton believes a new rigorous practice can arise that avoids pitfalls of imbalanced science.