Thursday Schedule

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Full Day Workshop

Advanced Organic Cropping Strategies

Speakers - Mary-Howell & Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain

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Workshop Description

This full day intensive will be presented in modules, with time for questions and discussion after each one.

This will be a very full day of information, at an intermediate to advanced level, with ample time to share experiences and trouble-shoot problems, and to adapt time to specific concerns.



  • structure
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • health
  • ‘fertility’
  • management and improvement
  • crop rotation! – seasonal choices, cover crops, variable markets and innovative uses, whole-farm rotation strategies

Weed Control 1

  • cultural strategies to limit and shift weed pressure
  • weed identification and interpretation

Weed Control 2

  • equipment and mechanical techniques: the tried and true and the exciting new!

Harvest, Storage and Marketing – the riskiest part of the journey!

After 25+ years of organic grain farming, what we wish we knew back then . . .



Registered attendees are invited to submit questions, photographs and soil test results before the intensive for group discussion (please email to [email protected] at least 2 weeks before event)

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Speakers: Mary-Howell & Klaas Martens

Mary-Howell Martens and her husband Klaas have farmed organically since the early 1990s.  Currently they farm 1600 acres of certified organic grain crops and operate a feed mill in Penn Yan, New York.

Interesting Links

Lakeview Organic Grain website with lots of articles and resources.

Mary-Howell is active and informative on Facebook.  Check it out here

Farming with  Intentional Biodiversity – Article via Civil Eats available here

Other Workshops!

Mary-Howell and Klaas will present at various times throughout the Guelph Organic Conference.

They will also

  • be co-presenters at “Soil Health” on Friday, January 25th
  • Mary-Howell will be a panelist at the Women in Organics panel discussion the evening of Friday, January 25th.
  • present “Cropping Strategies to Reduce Tillage” on Saturday, January 26th
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