At 11:30 AM -0500 2/7/0, John Lozier wrote:
>A Participant's Report of the Annual Conference of
>The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)
To the other reports I should mention that PASA organizers also managed to
entice Oregon State microbiologist, Dr. Elaine Ingham, to this year's
program. Dr. Ingham gave presentations in three consecutive workshops on
the soil foodweb, a series that covered the role of the component microbes
in soil health, cooking healthy compost, and brewing effective compost tea.
I knew she was an important researcher who was also adeptly marketing her
findings for farmers, foresters, and landscapers. However, she also proved
to be a very dynamic presenter who translates research findings into very
clear, understandable language and practical methods. She would easily
make an articulate advocate for organic and sustainable practices. Now I
understand the interest that she has generated out west and elsewhere.
Dr. Ingham had standing room audiences in her sessions, and many stayed a
long time to ask questions. --A good day's work. The PASA folks deserve a
lot of credit for getting her to come east.
There were several interesting threads running through the workshop
sessions, and I was frustrated to miss some running
concurrently--particularly sessions on the seed industry, preserving seeds
and our genetic heritage.
A really excellent program.
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