ECHOcommunity Updates

Green Manure / Cover Crop Resources 2019-06-13

With the release of Roland Bunch's second edition of Restoring the Soil we have been having a lot of conversations about green manures and cover crops. Even regular users of ECHOcommunity may not be aware of some of the amazing resources that have been generated on this subject over the years.

Green manure cover crops (gmcc) are rapidly growing crops that cover and protect the soil. They are left on the soil surface as mulch or plowed under to enrich soil organic matter content. Legumes are prioritized for their ability to source atmospheric nitrogen through symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

In 2017 ECHO produced a Best Practice Note on Selecting Legumes as  Green Manure Cover Crops which ultimately led to the creation of an interactive GMCC Selection Tool.

If you know some basic information about your growing conditions (rain, temperature, altitude) you the GMCC Selection Tool can help you narrow down which of the GMCCs available in the ECHO seed banks might be most appropriate for your use. You can specify if you are looking for a specific growth habit (erect, climbing, etc.) and specific use-cases such as human or animal consumption. 

Additional resources:

Discussions:

ECHOcommunity Conversations has several ongoing discussions about GMCCs that you may find interesting. If you've got a qestion, this is a great place to ask!

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Syntropic Farming Course
Sun, 23 June 2019 » Fri, 28 June 2019

Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica

Syntropic Farming is a farming revolution grown out of Brazil and made famous by Ernst Gotsch and the Life in Syntropy short documentary. Syntropic Farming seeks to cultivate resilient ecosystems that are abundant, financially viable and heal abused land. It asks us, as stewards of the land to live in harmony with nature. It asks that we learn from nature through imitating natural processes in order to produce food. This results in abundant systems which grow healthy soils, sequester carbon, ...

Konferans Agrikòl Sid, Haiti Agriculture Conference (South) 2019
Mon, 24 June 2019 » Fri, 28 June 2019

HRM Mission, Haiti

We invite you to participate in a conference that would help strengthen connections amongst those working in the agricultural sector in Haiti and spend time learning from one another. The conference will take place June 24-28, 2019 at HRM Mission in La Baleine, South Department, Haiti. This conference is tailored to encourage conference delegates and presenters to connect and learn from each other’s successes and failures. There will be plenary sessions in the morning followed by workshops...

Haiti Agriculture Development Networking
Wed, 3 July 2019 » Wed, 3 July 2019

Haiti Communitere, Haiti

Join us on July 3rd, 2:00-5:00 PM at Haiti Communitere for this networking event to connect with colleagues working in agriculture development in Haiti and learn about each other's work, including brief presentations from representatives of Konferans Agrikol Sid, Hope Seeds and ECHO. Haiti Communitere is located at 19 Rue Pelican, Clercine 4, Port-au-Prince, across the street from Jedco, just down the road from Guy Malary Domestic Airport between the international airport and UN Logistics ...

Training in SRI (System of Rice Intensification)
Fri, 12 July 2019 » Fri, 12 July 2019

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank, Thailand

  This event will include:  Interactive demonstration of SRI innovations Discussions on SRI principles including how to increase yields and decrease water usage Introduction to ECHO Asia  and Farm Tour of our new 20 rai farm! Training will be conducted in Thai & English.  The cost for this training is 200 thb and includes coffee break & lunch.  please email us at echoasia@echonet.org to register!  

Agroforestry: Designing for Impact
Mon, 15 July 2019 » Fri, 19 July 2019

ECHO Global Research and Demonstration Farm, USA

Agroforestry is the agricultural practice of combining the management of annual crops and/or animals with trees. Agroforestry systems, largely composed of perennial crops, offer the resilience needed to address extreme climatic issues such as drought and torrential rain, along with social and economic factors that influence agricultural production of small-scale farmers.   This five-day course will introduce students to key agroforestry concepts, allow them to see the various agroforestry ...

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