October 1, 2015 in Vallejo California at the Vallejo Veterans Memorial Building
November 3, 2015 in Petaluma California at the Veterans Memorial Hall
December 1, 2015 in Chico California at the Holiday Inn Hotel and
December 3, 2015 in Sacramento California at the Scottish Rite Center
Sacramento's Organic Advocate Steven Zien will be discussing "Soil: Not Just A Dirty Word But An Overlooked IPM Tool" at the above Pesticide Applicators Professional Association's seminars.
You may consider yourself a pest control or horticultural professional, or even a back yard gardener. If you do your job correctly you are a landscape and pest management supervisor and your workforce is the Soil Food Web. Successfully manage these soil artisans and they create the glorious pest resistant landscape you desire with minimal input on your part. In this presentation you will learn the invaluable contributions these essential creatures make to the landscape and pest management process. Bacteria, fungi, protozoa, mycorrhizae and others improve plant fertility, water efficiency while helping manage pests. They sequester nutrients and improve soil structure, which protects ground and surface waters from contamination. A healthy Soil Food Web results in healthy, pest resistant plants minimizing or even eliminating the need for pesticides. Explore methods to maximize the benefits from the Soil Food Web as we dig into the latest tools and techniques of environmentally sound soil management.
Join Sacramento's Organic Advocate Steven Zien for a journey into this dirty world. For more information (to be posted soon) go to the PAPA seminar website.
November 13, 2015: Soil Is Not Just a Dirty Word: Exploring the Mysteries of Managing Soil Biology.
Soil contains an incredible diversity of organisms known as the Soil Food Web. Unearth how soil bacteria, fungi, protozoa, mycorrhizae and others improve plant fertility, manage pests, sequester nutrients, improve soil structure, reduce the need for pesticides and protect local waterways from contamination. We will dig into the latest tools and techniques of environmentally sound soil management maximizing the benefits from these soil artisans. Discover how you proper management of the soil can create beautiful, pest resistant landscapes and actually help improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.