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Growing Medicinal Herbs & The Role of Soil Fungi

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Thur May 3, 6:30-8:00 pm
Twin Star Herb School, New Milford CT

Most medicinal herbs and vegetables have a wonderfully complex symbiotic relationship with soil microbes including fungi; in fact some plants can not live without their fungal allies. Using low tech, low cost and sustainable methods for supporting soil microbes can improve plant health, improve crop yield, sequester carbon to help battle climate change, increase the levels of valuable active constituents in medicinal herbs, and more!

This free community class, offered by Farmer Melody of Pleasant Valley Botanicals, will allow participants an opportunity to learn basic concepts about the role of fungi in soil health, as well as learn more about a regenerative agriculture method (made popular by Korean Natural Farming) of cultivating homegrown native Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO). Mel will also share the results of SARE field research project comparing different types of soil fungal inoculants on the crop yield of five medicinal herbs (Onions, Fennel, Parsley, Ashwagandha and Basil). She will also share her research on the role of fungi in helping plants resist crop diseases such as Basil Downy Mildew (hint, hint.... she will have some cool results to report!)

To Register please contact Office Goddess Tina at