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  Growing Nutrient Dense Vegetables Organically
   
  West Michigan climate and soils provide unique challenges for farmers and gardeners. Soil balancing takes the guess work out of building organic fertility, and grows better-tasting, and healthier veggies, with longer shelf life. John will present hands on, local experience with soil balancing, veggie growing, and any other horticultural obsessions of interest.
   
Since emigrating from the south in 2014, John Ferre and his partner Kate Lietz operate Little Red Organics in Free Soil, Michigan. Before that:
   
  1.   During 2013 and 2014, he was farm manager for the Tilan Incubator Farm in Ann Arbor, and helped initiate the transfer of that program to MIFFS.
     
  2.   From 2004 to 2012, he started and ran Seldom Seen Farm, which served Indianapolis area farmers markets, restaurants, and Community Supported Agriculture with veggies and cut flowers for nine years.  
     
  3.   John has been involved in local, organic farming since 2003 when he interned at Blue Moon Farm in Champaign-Urbana, IL.
   
  In addition to running Little Red Organics farm, he is currently working on a locally adapted version of Gardening when it Counts with author Steve Solomon.  
   


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