Celebrate Earth Day, TODAY, with the Campti Field of Dreams at its Conservation and Soil Health Field Day. This year’s guest speaker, Dr. Carl Motsenbocker, a global leader in sustainable agriculture will be presenting, “An Introduction to Organic Agriculture” at the Natchitoches Parish Library – Northeast Branch in Campti, from 10 am – 12:30 pm.
This event, hosted by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in partnership with Campti Field of Dreams, is FREE and open to the public. Immediately following the presentation the event will move to the Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Farm, 681 Campti Bayou Road, roughly 1.5 miles from the library for the farm tour at 1 pm. Join us for an informative event for the entire family. Lunch will be provided at the farm.
“Research shows that organic hotspots help to raise the median household income in a community by $2,000 and lowers the rate of people living in poverty by 1.35 percent. The best way we can fight poverty in our community is by going back to our roots,” said Campti Field of Dreams executive director, Donna Isaacs. “We need to rebuild the local food system that created jobs for our youth and income for our families.”
The workshop presentation will be on the fundamentals of sustainable/organic farming and the importance of the three pillars of sustainable agriculture: profit over the long term, stewardship of our nation’s land, air and water, and the quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities. The small farm tour will demonstrate sustainable agriculture systems that builds soil and conserve natural resources. It includes seasonal high tunnels, hugelkultur beds, pigs, sheep, goats, and poultry on pasture.
Carl Motsenbocker is a professor of horticulture and sustainable agriculture holding a dual appointment with Louisiana State University and the LSU AgCenter in the School of Plant Environmental and Soil Sciences (Formerly Department of Horticulture). Motsenbocker holds three degrees in horticulture (B.S. Cornell, M.S./PhD. North Carolina State University) and joined the LSU faculty in 1991 after working in Thailand in agricultural development as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then graduate school in North Carolina. Dr. Motsenbocker works directly with small to large-scale vegetable and small fruit sustainable growers throughout Louisiana on cultural practices and marketing as well as with farmers markets and other direct marketing outlets.
Campti Field of Dreams aims to increase awareness among farmers and value-added producers of the assistance available for implementing conservation measures. Through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service EQIP program, there are grants for season extending high tunnels, cost – sharing on fencing, seeding, cover crops and other sustainable agriculture practices. There are also loans available through the USDA Farm Service Agency to help you get started. Join us to learn more.