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Thursday, February 23 • 1:00pm - 3:20pm
Sustainable Agriculture - Soil Microorganisms and Growing Mushrooms in Your Classroom

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This talk done by Tatenda Mambo will address the vital role soil microorganisms play in the development and support of soil health for the growth of plants. The talk will highlight the relationships plants and microorganisms form that supply plants with nutrients, protect plants from predators and provide vital ecosystem services. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to observe live soil microbes in different trophic levels to highlight the diversity found in healthy soils.
The second part of this talk will have hands on components and address how to grow mushrooms using byproducts (straw, sawdust) and food waste (spent coffee grounds, spent brewery grains). Discussed will be the mushroom life cycles and the various cultivation steps from inoculation to harvest. Also addressed will be the role fungi play in nature and their vital role in nutrient cycling, supporting healthy soils and sequestering carbon in the soil.

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Dagmar Knutson

Executive Director, Dagmar Knutson
Dagmar Knutson, CPA, CA, is the Executive Director of Ten Peaks Innovation Alliance Inc. and CFO at Fusion Production Systems Inc., an oil and gas manufacturing company, with more than 25 years’ experience working in the energy industry in Alberta. But it was when her son came home... Read More →
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Tatenda Mambo

Tatenda Mambo is a postdoc in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and an Instructor in the Sustainability Studies program at the University of Calgary. As part of his postdoc, Mambo’s research explores sustainability, sustainable food systems, regenerative agriculture... Read More →

Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2301
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