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Productivity, Climate Change Focus Of Tour At The Hickories In Ridgefield

The Hickories in Ridgefield is hosting a farm tour on Thursday.
The Hickories in Ridgefield is hosting a farm tour on Thursday. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut and Fairfield County Farm Bureau invite the public to attend a farm tour at The Hickories in Ridgefield on Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Led by farmer Dina Brewster, the tour will end with a reception and presentation about the role of agriculture in fighting climate change by CT NOFA Executive Director Jeff Cordulack.

Societies have long understood that human activities can deplete soil productivity, yet only recently has the value of carbon in the soil become known. Proper Soil Organic Carbon levels can improve crop and pasture yields and water holding capacity, increase soil food web diversity, reduce overland water flow and sedimentation of waterways, and improve groundwater recharge.

“I’m honored to be invited to The Hickories by Dina Brewster and to be co-hosting this event with Tim Brady, president of the FCFB,” said Cordulack. “Working together on improving farm productivity and reducing climate change is a great way for our organizations to collaborate. This program will provide an introduction to the topic of soil carbon, the soil food web and how we can sequester carbon from the atmosphere with organic methods to help fight climate change.”

“Bringing the carbon conversation down to earth, I am eager to take participants on a tour of my working farm in Ridgefield, Connecticut,” said Brewster. “I have been ‘carbon farming’ for 11 years now, and am eager to share both the successes and challenges of building soils while producing and harvesting food for our community.”

This event is open to the public and intended for farmers, gardeners and others interested in the topic. The Hickories farm store will be open for participants to stock up on organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, seedlings, eggs, heritage pork and lamb, and woolen goods from their sheep. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Admission is $15 person in advance or $20 at the door. Register online here or call 203-308-2584.

The Hickories is located at 136 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield.

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