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June 11, 2019

Free “organic, no-till” garden workshop June 12

The workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Fauquier Education Farm on Meetze Road just east of Warrenton.
The Fauquier Education Farm will host an “organic, no-till” workshop Wednesday, June 12.

Free and open to all, the workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the farm at 8428 Meetze Road just southeast of Warrenton.

“This is more cutting-edge agriculture — not a practice widely used particularly for vegetable gardeners,” education farm Executive Director Jim Hankins said. “It’s a system where you are first growing a cover crop of a cereal grain and a legume that you are not harvesting.

“You’re leaving them in the soil, on top of the soil, and planting your vegetable crops without plowing the soil.”

The herbicide-free procedure enhances soil health and prevents erosion, he added.

It also can reduce fertilizer use, help control weeds and attract “beneficial” insects, Mr. Hankins explained.

“The best way to learn is to come and see it in person,” he said. “It’s become one of our main cultivation techniques, and we do it because it works.”

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