PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR APRIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MONTH WE WILL NOT BE AT ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH DUE TO HOLIDAY CLOSURE. MEET US AT THE VEIL BREWING COMPANY IN SCOTT’S ADDITION!
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”― Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Many modern farmers believe the soil is the key to all that exists in agriculture. Join us as we hear from Chris Lawrence, NRCS soil specialist, on this important topic. Starting with a live demonstration involving samples of healthy vs. unhealthy soils from the Richmond area, Chris will explain the core principles of sustainable soil management. The principles are universal and therefore apply to everyone, from the home gardener to commercial crop producers. Come pick up some practical ideas for how to manage your ground and experience a little of the magic and mystery of healthy soil.
delish360 will be on hand with delicious vegan and gluten free waffles with various toppings to sample! Real Local RVA meetings are open to both members and those interested in supporting the local food system.
Chris Lawrence has served as State Cropland Agronomist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Virginia since 2004. He provides technical training, advice, and hands-on assistance to NRCS field staff, agency and private-sector partners, and farmer clients across Virginia. His focus is on helping these audiences take better care of the soil inside the boundaries of annual crop production fields. Chris specializes in leveraging partnerships and using demonstrations and hands-on educational methods to promote his soil-building message. He is the lead technical contact for NRCS in Virginia on topics including soil health/soil quality, erosion prediction & prevention, cover crops, and nutrient management. Chris specializes in leveraging partnerships and using demonstrations and hands-on educational methods to promote his soil-building message. Prior to joining NRCS, Chris served as an agricultural Extension Agent for five years in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Coastal Plain regions of Virginia. Mr. Lawrence earned his Master’s degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2000 with an emphasis on soil chemistry and fertility management. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and a Certified Virginia Nutrient Management Planner. Mr. Lawrence’s love of agriculture can be traced back to his grandfather’s dairy and crop farm in French-speaking Switzerland, where Chris lived as a child and where he worked every summer until the age of 20.