Assessing Soil Health on your Farm with a Microscope

  • April 21, 2018
    1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

NOTE: This event has reached capacity. Stay tuned for the video!

The most essential question for the farmer to ask about his or her soil: Is it alive?

In this workshop, we will look at soil samples from participant’s farms, and assess qualitatively the effect of the microorganisms we see on the farm ecosystem. We will look for diversity first and foremost, and explain the importance of a dynamic soil food web. Using a projector the class will learn from viewing multiple different local samples, and if it isn’t their own soil being tested, will be able to take information gathered at the event back home to put to use in their own soil building strategies.

Members of WNC-CRAFT are encouraged to attend, and we have listed a special ticket option for you.

Participants wishing to bring soil samples should indicate as such on their registration form. We will limit the pool of samples to 10, with preference given to those who register first.

To collect a sample, use an apple corer to take a representative sample of one area you would like to assess. Combine all samples in a bag, mix, and then bring about 2 tablespoons of the mixture to class. You can bring your sample in a jar or a plastic bag. Please be sure to gather your sample right before the class, when the weather is warmest. Be sure NOT to cut off all oxygen to the jar or bag once you’ve collected the sample. Leave a small opening in the seal. You don’t want to sample to dry out completely, but you don’t want to deprive oxygen-loving critters of any air.




Venue Phone: 828.891.4497

176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, North Carolina, 28759, United States