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Robert and Barbara Stelle
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Certified organic farmer Robert Stelle is always amused when attendees of his seminars on organic gardening think the practice is something new.

“Our ancestors used to grow things that way,” said Stelle, who, with his wife, Barbara, owns the 10-acre Sunrise Acres farm and greenhouse north of Blanchard.

A longtime vendor at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market, he speaks about growing organically and what organic produce means. He said he is concerned about the state’s drought and water rationing coming so early.

“This is the first time I can remember it in January,” Stelle said. “I’m not saying it’s global warming, but something is going on.”

Stelle said his presentation addresses organic standards look like and how to amend soil to get the best production for various plants. He recommends getting a soil test at the OSU Cooperative Extension Service.

“They will get their money back,” he said. “Why mess [your soil] up by adding something you don’t need?”

Certified organic farmer Robert Stelle is always amused when attendees of his seminars on organic gardening think the practice is something new.

“Our ancestors used to grow things that way,” said Stelle, who, with his wife, Barbara, owns the 10-acre Sunrise Acres farm and greenhouse north of Blanchard.

A longtime vendor at the OSU- OKC Farmers Market, he speaks about growing organically and what organic produce means. He said he is concerned about the state’s drought and water rationing coming so early.
“This is the first time I can remember it in January,” Stelle said. “I’m not saying it’s global warming, but something is going on.”

Stelle said his presentation addresses organic standards look like and how to amend soil to get the best production for various plants. He recommends getting a soil test at the OSU He said he’ll talk about the ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
in common fertilizer and how many tons of manure it takes to replace
it. And then he’ll talk the finer points, like broccoli needing a little
more nitrogen or adding potassium to support a good root system.

While the seminar is free, reservations must be made by emailing farmersmarket@osuokc.edu.

Carol Cole-Frowe

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