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Forrest Keeling Nursery Fall Field Day

Forrest Keeling Nursery is CFM Business Alliance Member and supporter of Missouri’s outdoors. For those CFM members in the St. Louis area who are unable to attend CFM’s Affiliate Summit on Thursday, September 14 at Lake of the Ozarks, consider visting Forrest Keeling Nursery’s Fall Field Day.

Vibrant soil health is a local, regional and global concern and will be the topic of Forrest Keeling’s Fall Field Day on Thursday, September 14 held at Forrest Keeling Nursery, Elsberry, Missouri.

Globally recognized environmental microbiologist Dr. Andrew Neal, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, U.K.will provide the keynote. Guests will learn from Dr. Neal about how complex interactions between plants and soil improve both plant health and performance while helping restore clean air, pure water and renewed earth.

There will be breakouts and tours throughout the day with Dr. Neal and other top experts. Each will give you practical measures for working with nature’s plan of diversity and balance to help landscape and agricultural projects succeed while supporting a vibrant soil ecology.

FKN FALL FIELD DAY – Sept 14
8:00-8:45a   – Registration

8:45-9:00a   – Welcome Remarks, Wayne Lovelace, FKN President

9:00-9:20a  – Dave Murphy, MDC Commission Chair

9:20-10:00a – Keynote, Dr. Andrew Neal, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, U.K.

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 9.56.23 AMBREAKOUTS: 

10:10-11:00a – Breakouts A&B and Tours

Breakout A: The art and science of healthy soil

Soil is full of life! It’s been said that a handful of healthy soil has more microorganisms than all the people who ever lived on the planet! Vibrant soil is the result of the right soil components coming together including the right bacteria, mycorrhizae and microbes. Healthy soil helps grow more vigorous plants, which in turn build and support a better soil.

Dr. Andrew Neal, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, U.K.

Wayne Lovelace, Forrest Keeling Nursery President

Breakout B: Beyond profits – Plant diversity and agroforestry bring practical benefits to farms

Did you know that using alternative crops and agroforestry techniques can improve your soil and your bottom line? Specialty crops–from foodstuffs to phytopharmaceuticals–can make your farm more competitive and the crop complexity can help improve your land’s soil health and reduce resource use.

Dr. Mike Gold, Ph.D., University of Missouri Professor and Interim Director of the Center for Agroforestry

Tours:

Tour 1: Wagon Tour of Forrest Keeling: RPM container production, SANC certification program.

Tour 2: Walking Tour includes tree improvement research, RPM Step 1 & 2 propagation, grafting demonstration

11:10-12:00 Breakouts C&D and Tours

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 9.56.33 AMBreakout C: Remediation begins with healthy soil 

Our healthy lands and waters begins with healthy soil. Soil is the primary reservoir for water that supplies our streams, wetlands, and ground water. Replacing noxious weeds like sericea lespedeza with regional native plants is one step in conservation remediation and the restoration of soil that contributes to clean air, pure water and renewed earth.

Stuart Miller, Missouri Department of Conservation Policy Coordinator

Breakout D: Getting real with native landscapes

Help clients fall in love with the natural aesthetic of award-winning holistic landscapes and green solutions that relate to, restore and enhance the environment instead of simply decorating. Differentiate yourself as a designer that brings understanding to landscape design and involves your clients as ‘hero’ and collaborator with nature.

Dan Nelson, CLP, MSM and Embassy Landscape Group President

Judy Allmon, Bluestem Services Principal

Tours:

Tour 1: Wagon Tour of Forrest Keeling: RPM container production, SANC certification program.

Tour 2: Walking Tour includes tree improvement research, RPM Step 1 & 2 propagation, grafting demonstration

Tour 3: Scion orchard

12:00-1:20p – Sugarfire BBQ Lunch in Cypress Grove

1:30-2:20p Breakouts A&B and Tours

Breakout A: The art and science of healthy soil

Soil is full of life! It’s been said that a handful of healthy soil has more microorganisms than all the people who ever lived on the planet! Vibrant soil is the result of the right soil components coming together including the right bacteria, mycorrhizae and microbes. Rich soil helps grow healthier plants, which in turn build and support a better soil.

Dr. Andrew Neal, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, U.K.

Wayne Lovelace, Forrest Keeling Nursery President

Breakout B: Beyond profits – Plant diversity and agroforestry bring practical benefits to farms

Did you know that using alternative crops and agroforestry techniques can improve your soil and your bottom line? Emerging crops–from foodstuffs to phytopharmaceuticals–can make your farm more competitive and the crop complexity can help improve your land’s soil health and reduce resource use.

Dr. Mike Gold, Ph.D., University of Missouri Professor and Interim Director of the Center for Agroforestry

Tours:

Tour 1: Wagon Tour of Forrest Keeling: RPM container production, potting line, SANC certification program.

Tour 2: Walking Tour includes tree improvement research, RPM Step 1 & 2 propagation, grafting demonstration

2:30-3:20p – Breakouts C&D and Tours

Breakout C: Remediation begins with healthy soil 

Our healthy lands and waters begins with healthy soil. Soil is the primary reservoir for water that supplies our streams, wetlands, and ground water. Replacing noxious weeds like sericea lespedeza with regional native plants is one step in conservation remediation and the restoration of soil that contributes to clean air, pure water and renewed earth.

Stuart Miller, Missouri Department of Conservation Policy Coordinator

Breakout D: Getting real with native landscapes

Help clients fall in love with the natural aesthetic of award-winning holistic landscapes and green solutions that relate to, restore and enhance the environment instead of simply decorating. Differentiate yourself as a designer that brings understanding to landscape design and involves your clients as ‘hero’ and collaborator with nature.

Dan Nelson, CLP, MSM and Embassy Landscape Group President

Judy Allmon, Bluestem Services Principal

 Tours:

Tour 1: Wagon Tour of Forrest Keeling: RPM container production, potting line, SANC certification program.

Tour 2: Walking Tour includes tree improvement research, RPM Step 1 & 2 propagation, grafting demonstration

Tour 3: Scion orchard

3:30-4:30p – Q&A with panel members, Networking, Closing Remarks and Refreshments

Sign up soon! Your registration is free and includes lunch.

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