Soil and organic food production conference coming to P.E.I.

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Potato farmers plant in the sandy soils of Orwell Bay Thursday in the southeastern part of the province.

The year 2015 has been named the International Year of Soils by the United Nations in recognition of soil’s importance to the world’s food, fuel, fibre and medicine.

As the growing season of this landmark year comes to a close, a regional conference celebrating soil and organic food production comes to the Island.

Jeff Moyer from the Rodale Institute joins the conference hosted by the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN).

Moyer’s presentations will cover topics related to organic crop production systems, including weed management, cover crops and equipment modification and use.

From decades of experience in the field, Moyer has learned about the importance of soil in organic production, and the role of organic production in stewarding precious soil resources.

“Soil truly is the essence of life,” Moyer said. “Healthy soil equals healthy food equals healthy people. Share in the exploration of what it means to have healthy soil, how to farm for a healthy soil, and how to track your impact as we work together to improve our valuable soil resource.”

Prince Edward Island’s famously rich red soils support a huge diversity of organic crops, produced by 50 certified organic farms in the province, accounting for over three per cent of total agricultural production (higher than the national average of two per cent).

Organizers are expecting about 400 people at this year’s conference.

The ACORN Organic Conference will run Nov. 23-25 at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown.

Organizations: Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, United Nations, Rodale Institute The ACORN Delta Prince Edward Hotel

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

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