|Katrina Blair talks about the unique characteristic of Thirteen energy-packed weeds|
Discussions about GMOs are not getting any easier to understand and there were a couple sessions to help demystify this topic. I attended Understanding GMOs: The Science and the Evidence with co-presenters Dr. Daniela Connelly, family practitioner and Laura Wolfer, molecular biologist/ archeologist. After listening to their fact-based presentation, it is apparent that the safety of GMOs, with respect to public health, is not a closed book and that the conclusions concurrently drawn from the scientific research and what is published in the media may not be the same. Long-term non-biased studies still need to be conducted.
The final presentation I attended was on creating No-Dig/No-Till garden beds through a permaculture approach. The basic concept is simple - build up and not down and disturb the soil as little as possible. Amy Antonucci, a certified permaculture designer, provided tips from her own experience building new gardening beds within a former forested landscape. I will definitely be applying some sheet mulching techniques to certain garden beds this summer.
|An example of "sheet mulching" to create a new garden bed which can be done with or without a frame|
|The DoBros provide lunch-time entertainment|
All in all, it was a very motivational day for the upcoming gardening season.