“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Eckert’s Country Store is known throughout the region for its outstanding peaches and other fruit. To sustain their operations, Eckert’s relies on generations of farming know-how, and practices that sustain and improve soil and pollinator health. Agricultural producers, gardeners, native plant enthusiasts, and the public are invited to a special evening on Wednesday, August 1 to learn first-hand about how soil health and its importance to raising healthy crops and attracting pollinators. This casual event will feature a short site tour, beer and wine tasting (additional cash bar), appetizers, and a presentation from NRCS soil health specialist Doug Peterson. “We are very pleased to partner with the Grow Native! program on this event,” said Grow Native! Professional Member Angie Eckert of Eckert’s Country Store, “and bring soil health expert Doug Peterson to the orchard so others can learn from him.”
Doug Peterson, regional soil health specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for Missouri and Iowa, is an engaging speaker who will share insights on the critical importance of soil health to agriculture and water quality, and will have his popular rainfall/soil health simulator on hand to demonstrate first-hand the power of healthy soil. Peterson teaches NRCS staff and agriculture producers throughout the Midwest about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it will take to effectively improve our soils health, function and productivity.
Tickets to the event include appetizers and wine/beer tasting. Eckert’s will provide a tasting of 2 local wines and 2 local beers. A cash bar will also be available.