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Permalink Tillage & Soil Health Workshop

July 19, 2018
Benson, Minnesota

This morning workshop is part of a series sponsored by the Land Stewardship, in cooperation with the Chippewa River Watershed Project and local Soil and Water Conservation District offices in Swift, Chippewa and Kandiyohi counties. Jodi DeJong Hughes from University of Minnesota Extension will talk about soil health, tillage and tillage options/alternatives. Presenters will also demonstrate easy home/farm soil monitoring techniques. The day will include a field visit and a soil pit examining many layers below the surface.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink aMAIZEing Organic Field Day

July 19, 2018
Champaign, Illinois

This organic field day at the University of Illinois offers the opportunity to tour the organic corn breeding plots near campus. Learn the ins and outs of the organic seed system and try your hand at data collection. Learn how U of I tests new cultivars.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Wholesale Vegetables on a Small Scale

July 20, 2018
Balsam Lake, Wisconsin

MOSES presents this free half-day field day at Seed to Seed Farm. Learn about wholesale production on a small- to medium-sized farm. Farm host Ariel Pressman will explain how to grow quality produce consistently for larger accounts, including supermarkets and co-ops. Tour the farm and talk with Ariel about his general farm efficiency practices, how he selects the best plant varieties, and the many other lessons he has learned since he started farming seven years ago.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Improving Organic Crop Production

July 20, 2018
Paulina, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day at Seven W Farm is hosted by the Wilson family. The Wilsons will share their experiences and efforts to improve their organic crop production systems. They'll start the day with some machinery-shop talk and make their cultivators, planters, and drills available for viewing. After a potluck lunch, they'll offer a hay wagon farm tour. Attendees will see cover crops seeded after small grains harvest; cover crops interseeded to corn in June; and a solid-seeded mix of corn and forage sorghum for silage.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Value-Added Urban Production Farm Tour

July 21, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio

Erich Hooper started growing in the city at Hooper Farm in 1994 and has become known as the 'godfather' of Cleveland urban agriculture. Hooper Farm has over an acre of production situated on residential land and is home to an on-site market stand, educational outreach, and a catering company. Tour attendees will see the greenhouse, production fields, and supporting infrastructure. This event is part of the Central State University Extension farm tour series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry Academy

July 22-27, 2018
Columbia, Missouri

This week-long training for educators and farmers includes integrated classroom workshops, multiple on-farm visits, hands-on demonstrations and content integration into practical on-farm agroforestry planning and design to advance adoption of agroforestry as a cornerstone of productive land use. Experienced trainers will be drawn from the MU Center for Agroforestry, USDA National Agroforestry Center, Extension and NRCS agroforestry specialists, other selected experts from the United States and Canada, farmer educators, and agroforestry practitioners.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Diversified Direct Marketing Farm Tour

July 22, 2018
Russiaville, Indiana

This free afternoon event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Thistle Rock Farm is a diversified operation, home to a community supported agriculture vegetable program; sheep, goat, and pig herds; broiler and laying flocks of chickens; 50 acres of grain, and a mature forest. Join this tour to see a diversified, direct marketing farm, with ground that has not been exposed to chemicals for more than 40 years.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Williams Farm Soil Health Field Day

July 24, 2018
Waverly, Kansas

At this No-Till on the Plains field day, hosts Darin and Nancy Williams will share their farm experiences with attendees. The Williams' use soil-health practices to produce crops and livestock on nearly 2,000 acres in Coffey County Kansas. Other speakers will be no-till farmer David Brandt and cover-crop grazier Jacob Miller from Culbertson, Nebraska.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Dual Cropping Systems: An Introduction

July 24, 2018
Polk City, Iowa

Spend a summer morning at the Lehman Family Farm on this Iowa Organic Association field day. Aaron and Nicole Lehman have a 400-acre farm where they raise conventional and organic corn, soybeans, and hay. The Lehmans will talk about the challenges and opportunities of these dual farming systems.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink In Her Boots Workshop: Tools & Machinery, Vegetables, CSA & Diversification

July 26, 2018
Decorah, Iowa

Spend the day with an inspiring group of women farmers and educators dedicated to supporting women to succeed in achieving their farm dreams. This special In Her Boots session at Humble Hands Harvest will focus on tool use, mechanics, and ergonomics from a female farmer lens and how to care for that most important tool: yourself! The MOSES In Her Boots format builds on the idea that women farmers learn best from each other. These day-long, on-farm workshops include a detailed farm tour, hands-on demonstrations and discussions, lunch, and networking opportunities.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Terry's Techniques: Seed Saving and Cultivation Equipment

July 26, 2018
Crescent, Iowa

Terry Troxel at Iowana Farm hosts this Practical Farmers of Iowa free afternoon field day. Hear how the seed saving process works, and how it contributes to her farm's revenue. Terry will also do a demonstration with several types of small, modified cultivating tractors she uses on her vegetable crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fruits of the Heartland

July 26-27, 2018
Danville, Illinois

Fruits of the Heartland is a joint conference of the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX), the Midwest Fruit Explorers (MidFEx), and the Savanna Institute. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics on growing and marketing fruit. The conference will consist of two days of Pomological presentations and hands-on demos on Thursday and Friday, followed by farm tours on Saturday.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work

July 30, 2018
North Mankato, Minnesota

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Freeborn Area Soil Health Team present this day-long conference that will cover a variety of topics about growing small grains and the benefits of an extended rotation. Nine breakout sessions throughout the day will include sessions on integrating animals with a small grains operation, marketing small grains, the agronomy behind successfully raising small grains, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Field Day Featuring Companion Crops

July 31, 2018
Bucklin, Kansas

No-till on the Plains is hosting a morning soil-health field day at Feikert Farms. Through a grant from the northcentral region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstrations plots of grain sorghum with companion species (mung beans, guar, flax, crimson clover, buckwheat, phacelia). The plots are designed to assess whether the companion plantings can reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect the sorghum crop. Comparisons are being made between the plots and the rest of the sorghum field. Also included in the field tour are soil health practices on Feikert farms with several treatements for soybeans, pollinator strips, and forage cover crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration + Soil Health Event

July 31, 2018
Red Oak, Iowa

This free evening event from Practical Farmers of Iowa includes a soil health presentation and recognition for Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman, Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2018 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipients.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Urban Soil Safety Webinar

July 31, 2018
Paris, Illinois

In this webinar you will learn from Extension Horticulture Educator, Gemini Bhalsod, about common urban soil contaminants and recommend best practices. Edgar County Extension will host a viewing of this webinar for the public.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Field Day

July 31, 2018
Norwalk, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Iowa Farmers Union and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a series of produce safety field days focused on the Food Safety Modernization Act and horticulture best practices. The events are intended to supplement the FSMA Produce Safety Alliance classes and include hands-on demonstrations, discuss components of FSMA in the field such as worker health and training, harvesting, post-harvest handling, sanitation and much more. Each event will also feature local production practices led by the farmer. This event will feature additional discussion on growing tomatoes and peppers in a high tunnel.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Regenerative Grazing & Cover Your Tracks With Clover

July 31, 2018
Caledonia, Illinois

Angelic Organics Learning Center hosts two workshops in a day. The morning workshop, Regenerative Grazing with Cattle, Goats, and Pigs at Angelic Organics Learning Center, is led by Tom Spaulding, AOLC Manager for Land Regeneration & Livestock, and includes an hour-long pasture walk. In the afternoon workshop, lifelong farmer John Peterson will discuss the fertility program at Angelic Organics, including composted manure, cover crops, and soil amendments.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrating Cereal Grains into an Organic Dairy Rotation

July 31, 2018
Cuba City, Wisconsin

This free OGRAIN field day is hosted by Wilson Organic Farms, a 400-cow dairy with 2,900 organic acres. The Wilsons emphasize the connection between soil health, plant health, and healthy people and animals. Learn about the integration of rolled-crimped rye into their soybean crop, soil health gains on the farm, and the integration of cereal grains into a dairy rotation as both quality feed for the herd and off-farm sales.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pollinator Conservation Training

July 31, 2018
Chanute, Kansas

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist at the Xerces Society, for this full-day training on Pollinator Conservation. Participants will learn the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines and will be provided with the tools necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Cash Grain Farm Tour

August 3, 2018
Plain City, Ohio

This event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. John and Joyce Kauffman's farm is in the heart of a large organic community in Madison County. During this tour, see the practices they implement, the equipment they use, and how they store grain on site.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Success Strategies from the Soil Sisters

August 3, 2018
Brodhead, Wisconsin

This one-day event at Raleigh's Hillside Farm offers an inspiring day of advice, ideas, and seasoned perspectives from the Wisconsin Soil Sisters, an innovative network of local women championing organic and sustainable agriculture. Learn from experienced women farmers and gather resources for your farm launch.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Sisters

August 3-5, 2018
Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead, Wisconsin

For three days and with five unique components and involving numerous women-owned farms, the jam-packed Soil Sisters culinary event celebrates Wisconsin's family farms and rural life. There are culinary events, workshops, and activities -- something for everyone and for all ages. The Tour of Farms on Sunday is free. The culinary events and workshops are ticketed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Medicinal Herb Intensive Workshop

August 3-5, 2018
North Freedom, Wisconsin

Jane Hawley Stevens and David Stevens at Four Elements Herbals offer a comprehensive, hands-on educational weekend covering all aspects of medicinal herb production from seed to product, on their certified organic herb farm. Topics include propagation, soil health, planting, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. The course is intended for experienced or new growers looking to gain more knowledge about medicinal herb production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Vision Workshop

August 5, 2018
Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association hosts this afternoon workshop that will help you map out your farm vision on paper, clarify your goals and values, and assess your strengths, resources, and needs before beginning a farming enterprise. Hear from a panel of early career farmers and receive important planning resources.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

August 6, 2018
Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s annual Fruit and Vegetable Field Day will feature research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers. The afternoon field day is free. The event will give attendees an opportunity to evaluate research projects focusing on high tunnel vegetable and fruit production and gain information on tomato grafting, symptoms of herbicide drift, integration of poultry and vegetable production, pest management in cucurbit crops, sweet potato and potato production, and honey bee health and behavior. The field day also will demonstrate the use of the finger weeder, vegetable wash station, and other equipment and tools used in small-scale fruit and vegetable production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Nebraska Grazing Conference

August 6-8, 2018
Kearney, Nebraska

The annual Nebraska Grazing Conference is designed for people with an interest in the utilization and conservation of our grazing lands, and a desire to learn the most current information on grazing livestock systems and their impact on our lands. Beginning and experienced graziers, land managers, and policy makers can all benefit from attending the NGC.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Saturated Buffer Field Day

August 7, 2018
Scott County, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms presents this field day in partnership with NRCS in Scott County.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Field Day Featuring Companion Crops

August 7, 2018
Gypsum, Kansas

No-till on the Plains is hosting a morning soil health field day at Knopf Farms. Through a grant from the northcentral region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstrations plots of grain sorghum with companion species (mung beans, guar, flax, crimson clover, buckwheat, phacelia). The plots are designed to assess whether the companion plantings can reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect the sorghum crop. Comparisons are being made between the plots and the rest of the sorghum field. Also included in the field tour are soil health practices on Knopf farms with soybeans planted after cover crops and wheat planted no-till after termninated alfalfa. Soil health demonstrations from NRCS Soil Health specialist Candy Thomas will close out the morning.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Weed Control For Organic Row Crops

August 7, 2018
Jefferson, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa offers this free evening field day at Shriver Farms. Scott Shriver will discuss the pros and cons of the equipment they use for weed control, including hoes, harrows, cultivators, and flamers. They will also review the practice and equipment for no-till planting of soybeans into cereal rye to achieve a "cover crop mulch."

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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