Klaas Marten: Soil, Testing and Fertility MP3

Klaas Martens

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In our 2009 Acres U.S.A. annual conference, Klaas Martens talks about his experience in making a cohesive approach to eco-agriculture. As Fred Walters says in his introduction, "Some people push, and some people pull," and Martens expands on that notion to determine the best practices in growing plants that are sustainable.

Klaas began his farming career as a conventional grower in the 1970s. He and his partner, Mary-Howell, began to transition their farm in the early 1990s. Klaas and Mary-Howell now farm 1,400 acres of certified organic crops and operate Lakeview Organic Grain, a certified organic feed and seed business. They are frequent speakers at conferences and have written extensively on organic farming. Organic research is a strong component of their farming operation. They have conducted on-farm research independently and in cooperation with university researchers.

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