The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) will host their Adapting to Climate Change by Building Soil Health field day on November 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kretschmann Family Farms in Rochester, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Registration is required for this event and costs $30 for PASA members, $45 for non-members.

Event hosts Becky and Don Kretschmann will lead a guided tour of their farm, where they have worked for over 40 years to improve the health of their soil. The fundamentals they use for improving and maintaining soil health – soil cover, living roots, crop diversity, and limited tillage – are also sound principles for adapting to a changing climate. Following the tour there will be a discussion on how these soil health principles have evolved over four decades of varying weather and how practices are adjusted among the range of soil types and conditions on this 80-acre operation.

PASA Educational Programs Director, Franklin Egan says the guided tour, “by owners Becky and Don Kretschmann will cover their systems and strategies for crop rotation, cover cropping, and limiting cultivation, all with the intention of building organic matter, providing biological fertility and reducing erosion. We are very grateful to Becky and Don for hosting this workshop and sharing their knowledge with us.”

After the tour, participants will engage in an active exploration of how the Kretschmann’s might shift their windows for planting, harvesting, and cultivating in light of current projections for Pennsylvania’s changing climate.

This field day is part of PASA’s ongoing commitment to a​ddress climate change head-on through our farmer education programs, including our 25th Annual F​arming for the Future​Conference coming February 2016, whose theme is “Farming in a Changing Climate.”​Registration for this event costs $30 for PASA members, $45 for non-members and includes a catered lunch. For more information and to register, please visit pasafarming.org/soilhealth.