Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
(SARE) Farm Internship Curriculum and Handbook
|Tom and Maud Powell and Michael Moss, Sustainable Farmers, Jackson County, OR.
Technical advisor: Tim Franklin, Jacksonville, OR.
Curriculum advisor: Peter O’Connell, Jacksonville, OR.
Web advisor: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT.
Weed Management – Field Exercise
- Tour fields and identify most common weeds (star thistle, pigweed, purslane, chicory, wild lettuce, grasses, etc.)
- Discuss why weeds are threatening to production – competition for water, nutrients in soil, light, etc.
- Pull or dig selected weeds and examine root system
Management through Manual Cultivation
- Demonstrate and practice proper techniques with various tools – wheel hoe, stirrup hoe, collinear hoe, and Mexican hoe. Discuss need for follow-up cultivation.
- Benefits – eliminates weeds, stirs soil and breaks crust (allows for easier penetration of air and water)
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