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Organic Reduced Tillage in the Maritime Pacific Northwest Symposium and Farmer Engagement

February 24 @ 10:00 am

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One event on February 25, 2021 at 10:00 am


Rows of lettuces in farm field.Part One | Systems Approach to Reduced Tillage

February 24, 2021 | View recording

Simultaneous Spanish translation provided.

  • Systems approach to reduced tillage
  • Novel cover crop planting
  • Termination strategies


Jen Aron

Jen Aron, Blue Raven Farm. Jen is an experienced farmer and educator. She worked with Oregon State University Extension teaching beginning farmers for ten years, helping to train over 125 aspiring farmers. At Blue Raven Farm she has focused on soil ecology and no-till techniques. The results have been remarkable and Jen will share results to help inspire farmers to rethink their soil management practices.

Nick Andrews, Oregon State University Organic Vegetable Extension agent. Nick will share recent research on inter-planting cover crops in summer annual vegetables.

Colin Barricklow, Kirsop Farm, Oakville, WA. Colin will discuss how animals are being integrated into their operation through short-term pasture (ley) and grazing cover crops

Doug Collins, Washington State University Extension Specialist and Soil Scientist. Doug will share recent experience and research using a no-till drill to establish cover crops following summer annual vegetable harvest

Research plots covered with plastic. Part Two | Tarping Strategies

February 25, 2021 | View recording

  • Tarping (occulation)
  • Shallow disturbance
  • Other approaches to controlling weeds and succeeding with reduced tillage in organic systems.


Natalie Lounsbury

Natalie Lounsbury, Doctoral Candidate, Agroecology, University of New Hampshire. Natalie has been researching reduced tillage vegetable production for over 10 years, including evaluating tarping and cover crop combinations. She has managed organic vegetable farms and worked as an organic crop inspector in Maine. She is passionate about soil and science and created a podcast, Priming for Production, to help spread the latest understanding of soil organic matter.

Three Pacific Northwest farmers will share experiences and perspectives on utilizing tarping for weed suppression and ground preparation.

  • Andrew Taylor, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson, WA
  • Rowan Steele, Headwaters Incubator Farm, Portland, OR.
  • Roger Kubalek, Full Bloom Farm, Lummi Island, WA.

Sponsored by WSU Extension, Oregon Tilth, and the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.


February 24
10:00 am


Doug Collins