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Transition to Organic Partnership Program: Cover Cropping

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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Transition to Organic Partnership Program Workshop Series

Are you looking to increase or improve your organic growing methods? Join UMass Extension and NOFA/Mass as we review and elaborate on growing organically and up to certification standards!

A mixture of in-person and online technical assistance events will be hosted throughout 2024 on the behalf of the Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). To learn more about the UMass & NOFA/Mass programming, check out the NOFA/Mass TOPP web page. To learn more about the national TOPP program, visit

These workshops are intended for commercial vegetable and small fruit growers.

Cover Cropping

Are you looking to implement or fine tune your cover cropping systems? This workshop will show how cover crops can be the primary input in organic systems. It will discuss how cover crops can be used to reduce reliance on nitrogen fertilizer, disrupt pest cycles, and mitigate soil damage associated with tillage. The workshop will also cover the differences in organic and conventional cover crop management in horticultural and agronomic cropping systems.

About the Presenter

Arthur Siller is the Soil Health Educator for UMass Extension. They have worked with cover crops as an organic farm manager in New England and as a graduate student at UMass and the University of Wisconsin. Arthur is excited to help workshop attendees find the cover crops that promote long-term farm resilience for their farms and fit with their production systems.

Contact's name: 
Sue Scheufele
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