Archived Organic Field Days

 

MOSES Organic Field Days give you the chance to see firsthand how other farmers tackle issues on their farms. See how things are done on these successful farms, and get insights to help you grow!

 

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Tips from 2020 Organic Field Days

 

Live Roller-Crimper and Weed Zapper Demonstration-2 Part Series
June 2 & July 2 | Levi Lyle Farm | Keota, Iowa

MOSES sponsors this virtual field day, put on by PFI, Iowa State University Extension, and other partners, that demonstrates rolling rye in an organic no-till system and using the Weed Zapper later in the season. Watch recording of June 2 event. Watch recording of July 2 event.

 

Women Caring for the Land:  Resources for Cultivating Conservation
June 18 | 1 p.m. | Online

Join us for a unique webinar session with women conservationists as we discuss how we can help you make a conservation plan for your land, find resources, and access funding to protect your land for future generations. Learn more.

 

Do the Numbers:  Organic Dairy
June 24 | Bossie Cow Farm | Random Lake, Wis.

Thelma Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker host this event, which focuses on the management and economics of running a grass-based, organic dairy. Dr. Jon Winsten from Winrock International and the Pasture Project at the Wallace Center goes in-depth on the economics of dairy grazing operations. Learn how to make grass-based dairy work for you. Learn more.

 

 

Do the Numbers:  Organic Crop Transition
July 8 | Jovaag Family Farm | Austin, Minn.

Jon and Ruth Jovaag host this field day about the economics of transitioning to organic row crops, plus rotations to build soil health. Learn more.

 

 

Kernza Trial Results
July 22 | A-Frame Farm | Madison, Minn.

Join us for an update on this versatile perennial crop with host Carmen Fernholz. Kernza development and the Forever Green Initiative, planting, harvesting, post-harvest storage, economics, and marketing are all discussed. Learn more.

 

Medicinal Herb Production
August 1
 | Four Elements Organic Herbals | North Freedom, Wis.

MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jane Hawley Stevens and David Stevens, introduce us to the variety of herbs they grow on their farm and discuss their many medicinal uses, especially focusing on immunity boosting herbs and ones that can help with COVID-19 symptoms. They discuss production, harvest, drying techniques, and hand tools to use for small farming. Learn more.

 

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Tips from 2019 Organic Field Days:

 

Begin a Farmstead Micro-Creamery
May 23 | Cosmic Wheel Creamery | Clear Lake, Wis.

Enjoy a recap of this awesome field day! Learn some of the key advice farmers Josh Bryceson and Rama Hoffpauir were able to share with attendees about their own journey in adding a micro-creamery to their vegetable CSA farm.

 

 

Grow & Mill Small Grains for Artisan Breadmakers
June 25 | Janie’s Farm | Danforth, Ill.

Farmer Harold Wilken’s tips from this field day.

 

 

 

Organic Row Crops in South Dakota
August 1 | Johnson Farms | Madison, S.D.

Timing is everything in managing weeds! Read more tips from this field day.

 

 

In Her Boots:  Success Strategies from the Soil Sisters
August 2 | Riemer Family Farm |  Brodhead, Wis.

This special In Her Boots workshop kicked off the Soil Sisters weekend. We met the Soil Sisters who run meat operations and took a detailed, behind-the-scenes farm tour of Riemer Family Farm. Read more tips and hear some advice from the Soil Sisters!

 

In Her Boots: Diversifying with Flowers, Pizza, and Summer Camps
August 13 | Ladyfern Farm & Two Pony Garden | Long Lake, Minn.

This broad-based workshop included tips on growing, harvesting, and arranging flowers, and looked at on-farm conservation practices and ways you can diversify your farm income. Watch a brief news video about this event!

 

Add Unusual Fruits to Your Farm
August 21 | Blue Fruit Farm | Winona, Minn.

MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford, showcased how they grow all things blue. Focus was on unusual fruits, overhead netting, native plants, and mechanical weed control for orchards.

 

 

 

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