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Converting to Organic and Regenerative Fruit Production

June 19, 2021
Antigo, Wisconsin
Organic Fruit Growers Association is offering a free opportunity to learn from Lisa Rettinger of Grandview Orchard and Nursery about her experience moving to organic fruit production. Lisa will share her expertise and experiences with understory management, sap analysis, and disease management, as well as marketing logistics for on-farm sales.
In: North Central SARE Region


North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition Summer Tour

June 24, 2021
Ellendale, North Dakota
North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition presents its summer tour at Brad Sand's ranch. Topics will include fencing, grazing management, grazing rotations, dung beetles, water development, and cover crops.
In: North Central SARE Region


Kernza Field Day: A-Frame Farm

July 8, 2021
Madison, Minnesota
This free field tour sponsored by the University of Minnesota is an opportunity for growers, processors, businesses, and others to learn more about Kernzaģ and its environmental benefits and economic opportunities. Carmen Fernholz of A-Frame Farm, has been growing Kernza since 2011. A-Frame Farm manager, Luke Peterson, started growing and marketing Kernza in 2018, and now manages 30+ acres of the UMN variety, MN-Clearwater. In 2020, Carmen, Luke, and Kernza growers across Minnesota formed a co-op called Perennial Promise Growers Co-op (PPGC). Carmen, Luke, and others from PPGC will share the vision for the co-op and how they are working with industry and researchers to grow, market, and champion Kernza.
In: North Central SARE Region


Elderberry & Elder Flower Field Day

July 9, 2021
Clayton, Wisconsin
The Savanna Institute is offering a free tour of Regeneration Acres to learn about elderberry varieties, best management practices, and potential market possibilities for this blossoming crop. Regeneration Acres is a specialty berry farm located in Northwest Wisconsin and run by Natasha Simeon and her family. The farmís focus is on perennial berry crops, especially elderberries, producing nursery cuttings and plants, as well as berries and berry products.
In: North Central SARE Region


Black Currant Field Day

July 11, 2021
Herbster and Bayfield, Wisconsin
The Savanna Institute is presenting a day-long visit to two farms to learn about black currants in Wisconsin. This event is great for people who are thinking about growing currants and what cultivars would suit them best. Participants can attend the morning or afternoon session, or both. The morning features a visit to Elsewhere Farm to learn more about managing an integrated food forest system that includes a pear overstory and understory of elderberry, aronia, and highbush cranberry, and how the farmer incorporates grazing pigs. The tour will highlight the several varieties of currants grown her. In the afternoon, tour Highland Valley Farm to learn about their red and black currant operation: varieties to harvest.
In: North Central SARE Region


Focusing on Forages Summer Grazing Series

July 14, 2021
Greenfield, Iowa
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is presenting a four-part grazing series on different farms, offering information and resources for producers to improve management practices and capitalize on alternative forage resources to extend the grazing season. Sessions will touch on a variety of topics including watering and grazing comparisons, grazing CRP acres, and pasture lease and custom care arrangements. This session takes place at ISU Neely-Kinyon Research Farm.
In: North Central SARE Region


Acres U.S.A. On-Farm Intensive with Zimmer Ag

July 19-20, 2021
Lone Rock, Wisconsin
Acres U.S.A. is offering on-farm instructional events on active, working farms. Instructors Gary Zimmer and Leilani Zimmer-Durand will demonstrate best practices for cover crops, soil testing, field preparation, equipment/tillage, weed and pest management, fertilizer programs, livestock integration, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region


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