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Improving Soils and Plant Nutrition
April 21 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Michigan Bionutrient Food Association Discussion Group is very excited to
bring Dane Terrill of Crop Services International to present a
day-long soil workshop on Saturday April 21 9:30am – 5:00pm.
• Soil Testing & Interpretation
• Mineral Balancing for Nutrition and Soil Structure
• Improving/Maintaining the Soil Food Web
• Stages of Plant Growth and their Nutritional Needs
Whether you are a large or small farmer, home gardener or just getting interested, this workshop will
help you improve your soil’s food web while improving the quality and yield of your farms and gardens.
This workshop is the first of a series of events being planned by the newly forming Michigan chapter of
the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA).
Cost for this day-long workshop, lunch included, is only $75.
For workshop registration and/or lodging and additional meals, please register below. There are some limited scholarships available for those in need.
Participants are encouraged to bring their soil test results to the course. Visit the BFA’s Soil Test
webpage for instructions. Interpreting your soil test results will be covered during the workshop. Allow
a couple weeks for test results to be returned.
For more information on the workshop call Cliff Scholz (248) 410-1762 or Jim Bates at (248) 245-7114
You are also invited to come early and stay late to celebrate the whole Earth Day weekend with us here
at Circle Pines Center’s beautiful 294-acre camp. Weather permitting, you are invited to get your hands
dirty working in our large organic garden.
Accommodations are available from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Cost for these
accommodations are as follows: Two nights and five meals. $130 (non-members); $120 (members of other co-ops) $110 (CPC members). Add $30 for single occupancy room. Student and low-income rates
and scholarships are available also. Lower rates for rustic cabins or camping. Children (4-12) are half
price. Children under four are free.
Further Info on Dane Terrill and Crop Services International
Crop Services International was founded by Dr Phil Wheeler and Ron Ward over 40 years ago. In the
process of educating and consulting with growers, they co-authored The Non-Toxic Farming Handbook.
Dane Terrill and Nancy Essex purchased the business on their retirement, and they along with Joe
Miazgowicz continue the founders’ concept of educating and consulting with growers of all sizes. As an
international soil testing facility, clients come from all over the world and the variety of crops is endless
including: row crops & pastures, orchards & vineyards, diversified vegetables, turf grass and cannabis.
CSI uses the soil testing results (mineral and biological) as the basis to establish a complete soil health
program, and tissue/sap analysis to monitor progress for plant health. These programs utilize growing
practices consistent with sustainable eco-agriculture, specializing in transitioning “conventional”
growers to more sustainable, biological, organic and/or energetic paradigms. These programs can be
scaled to fit any size operations from backyard gardens to thousand acre farms and ranches.