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Located in Pocantico Hills, NY, Stone Barns is a laboratory for learning and catalyzing a culture of informed, healthy eating.

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By educating people about food and farming, we're encouraging the food citizens of tomorrow to make healthier life choices for themselves and the planet.

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We are working to develop a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to build healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem.

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Cover Cropping

This select session of the Young Farmers Conference was live streamed on our Facebook page on Friday, December 8th, 2017 at Stone Barns Center.

Cover Cropping

Cover crops provide many soil benefits, including protecting soils from erosion, building soil organic matter, increasing water infiltration and suppressing soil-borne diseases, as well as reducing some annual and perennial weeds. In this workshop, we look at windows of opportunity for fitting cover crops into vegetable crop rotations. We look at the biological characteristics and qualities of individual northeastern cover crop species, suggested seeding rates, equipment for establishing and maintaining good stands of cover crops, and when to incorporate cover crops to benefit later plantings of cash crops. We also look at cover crop options for minimum tillage systems where vegetables like beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet corn are planted directly into cover crops for greater soil health. Join Jean-Paul Courtens as he discusses his learning experiences with cover crops on various vegetable systems in the Hudson valley.

Speaker: Jean-Paul Courtens