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The Role of the Soil Food Web: Webinar

October 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We’ll be running regular webinars on all sorts of farming topics for the rest of the year as part of a programme provided to our members.

‘When life in the soil is in balance, the minerals in the soil will be balanced as well.’

Agriculture has for centuries cultivated and farmed the soil for food. Each decade has seen the introduction of new methods, different strategies and to an extent, successful technologies to feed the population.

After WWII the industrial revolution witnessed spoils of the period being applied to the ground boosting grass growth to everyone’s delight. The rewards were so incredible science forgot to factor any cause and effect. Those who denounced the new farming fertilizers were quickly squashed and forgotten.

In this 21st century farmers are slowly realizing they cannot continue like their predecessors. The health of the environment and waterways is now taking precedence over producing food at any cost.

The time has come to incorporate the vastly populous world beneath our feet into the way we manage the land. There are as many tiny organisms in one teaspoon of soil as there are people inhabiting the surface of the globe and we are only beginning to study their role of support within the earth.

Cherryle Prew, a current sponsor of ODPG based in Waihi, is one of the leaders in this field. On examination of a soil sample the fungi and bacteria are drafted and counted to provide a valuable insight into how well their world is functioning. With carbon sequestration a common talking point, we need to know how to confront the issue and this amazing world of underground ‘magic’ has a lot more of the answers than you might be aware of.

We hope you can join us on ODPG’s next webinar, October, Wednesday 21st @ 7.30pm where we will host Cherryle and her wealth of soil food web knowledge.

Janette Perrett (Webinar Co-Host and ODPG Chair)

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Cost: FREE

  • The Zoom Webinar link will be emailed directly to members before the event.
  • The Webinar will be recorded for those members who are unable to attend.

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It’s not too late to join us, and you don’t need to be an organic farmer. Anyone with an interest in organic, regenerative and biological farming methods is welcome and can benefit from membership.

To find out more, visit the membership page on our website.



October 21, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Online via Zoom
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