Workshop delves into role of microbes in cherry and haskap production

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The Northern Co-Hort will host a horticulture workshop Aug. 15 at Beatton Hills Orchard, delving into the role of microbes in sour cherry and haskap production.

Agrologists Tim Repas of Fixed Earth Innovations and Aaron Mackay of Blackbird Environmental will be leading the event, answering any questions green thumbs might have.

Cohort Co-ordinator Bess Legault says the group is excited to explain the science, noting research and development has been a large focus this year.

“We’re really excited to be connecting with a broad spectrum of producers interested in horticulture and soil health,” said Legault.

“We’re taking farmers out into the field through a series of stations where they can delve into the chemical and biological properties of soil health, and hopefully making it exciting."

Microscopes will be at the event to get a closer look at what’s happening with the soil. The goal of the project is to improve soil health and reduce the need for synthetic fertilizer application, which increases climate resilience.

She added Beatton Hills is the most northern producer in all of Canada, and one of four in the Peace region participating in microbe research supported by the federal government through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The other participating producers are Hasberry Farms, Running Acres Farm, and Treehouse Haskap.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alaska Highway News

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