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Wine Grape Soil Fertility Seminar

with Neal Kinsey 
Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 12-14, 2018 
Vineyard Tour, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 
Napa, California 
Embassy Suites Napa Valley

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Agronomist and renowned soil fertility consultant Neal Kinsey will teach the foundation concepts of the Albrecht soil fertility balancing system as applied to leading vineyards worldwide.

Neal Kinsey makes soil fertility recommendations for hundreds of vineyards on multiple continents. Drawing examples from real-world vineyard soil tests, learn how balanced soil fertility outperforms mere fertility adequacy programs in terms of yield, quality and crop resiliency.

The Albrecht model of the balancing of soil fertility elements – major and minor – as practiced by Neal Kinsey is based on specific sampling and testing methods as well as recognizing the need for balanced and complete nutrition. Obtaining adequate minimum levels of soil fertility elements without regard to the offsetting affect of excesses or imbalances is one of modern agriculture’s greatest faults. Starting with the soil colloid, the “bank” of most fertility elements, Kinsey will explain how elements and act and interact on wine grapes in terms of productivity, quality, disease resistance and resilience.

Don’t miss three days of unparalleled learning, then see these teachings put to action with an optional tour (register early!) of four vineyards using these fertility management strategies.



2018 Polyface Farm Intensive Discovery Seminar

This year’s dates:

  • Monday-Tuesday, July 16-17, 2018

  • Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2018

  • Friday-Saturday, July 27-28, 2018

  • Every year the Salatin family and staff at Polyface Farm offer a series of two-day, six-meal (it's worth coming just for the food) seminars limited to 30 people for hard-core how-to instruction. What most outfits would spread over a four-day seminar, Polyface packs into two long days ─ hence, the word intensive.

    From processing chickens and rabbits to moving cattle, electric fencing, pasturing pigs and sawmilling, Joel and the staff pack as much into these two long days as possible. The goal is to present every enterprise, touch all aspects of the farm - including marketing and internships - and leave folks' heads spinning with new ideas.

    Why July? That's when the farm has the most variety of things going on ─ and it's after hay crunch but before fall slowdown. That's the peak of the season in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The itinerary is designed to make every minute count. The Salatin family and staff eat with attendees during the meals in order to facilitate questions and discussions. This is an unmatched opportunity for learning.

    The most common complaint is this: "I wish I had brought my wife" (husband, in-laws, business partner.. . you name it). The most common critique is this: "I got my money's worth in the first half-day."

    The wide-ranging instruction includes rental farms, mob-stocking pasture management, poultry, financial analysis and all the nitty-gritty details in one place. Few farms in the world have been at it long enough to amass the level of mistakes and experience as Polyface. Learn from it and thrive. Come for two days and leave years ahead.

    Joel Salatin
    Polyface Farms





    Thank you for helping make the 42nd annual Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show a success!

    See all the activities we shared in our 2017 event - check out our 2017 brochure here - download here.


    Save the date for our 2018 conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Dec. 4-7.

    The Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show is a one-of-a-kind event for commercial-scale sustainable and organic agriculture. Well over a thousand people from around the world gather together to tap the knowledge of some of agriculture’s brightest minds.


    This year we'll explore new on-farm strategies and tools while engaging with the leading minds in modern eco-agriculture. Programming will feature all-day advanced learning workshops, a trade show full of innovative ideas and products to apply to your operation, diverse expert sessions, consultant hours, book signings, film screenings, and much more!


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