Diversified Markets Field Day
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Pre-registration for this field day is now closed. Walk-in registrations are available at the farm. Please call 715-778-5775 for more information.
This field day will introduce you to farmers who have found a unique niche operating a winter CSA.
Paul and Chris Burkhouse grow vegetables, herbs, and root crops. Their 65-acre farm includes a certified kitchen where they make value-added products to sell along with produce at farmers’ markets. They also sell wholesale and, until recently, ran a 300-member summer CSA. They now run a successful winter CSA. The Burkhouses extend the growing season with fresh vegetables grown in hoop houses, and also include frozen vegetables, breads, soups, and other value-added products in their winter CSA boxes.
For years, Paul and Chris have passed their farming knowledge to new farmers through an innovative internship program. Beginners start as interns and graduate to apprenticeships where they have access to rented land, farm equipment, the farm’s certified kitchen, and markets in the Osceola and Twin Cities area. This proven model lets new farmers get a feel for what farming is like before they jump into farming on their own.
You’ll get to see the fields, hoop houses and the entire operation, plus learn season extension techniques and creative strategies for land access. Former interns and apprentices will be on hand to share their stories of moving on from Foxtail to start their farming businesses.