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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2018 Field Day Recaps:

Expand Production with a High Tunnel
September 25 | Thao’s Garden | Spring Valley, Wis.

This summer, with the help of The Good Acre, Blia and Phua Thao put up a high tunnel on their certified organic vegetable farm. Attendees learned about the design they chose, the building process, and their fall crop selection.

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OGRAIN: Buckwheat & Sorghum Sudangrass in a Grain Rotation
August 29 | Lily lake Organic Farm | Maple Park, Ill.

The focus of this field day was on growing dual-purpose buckwheat as a cash crop and as a cover crop, including weed control strategies and harvesting methods. Buckwheat increases soil health and reduces the need for tillage, and makes a profit! In addition, attendees learned about another cover crop superstar, sorghum sudangrass.

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On-Farm Variety Trials: Kale
August 7 | Riverbend Farm | Delano, Minn.

Farmer Greg Reynolds from Riverbend Farm shared his findings on his trial plot featuring curly kale for mid-season palatability.

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Soil Sisters Farm Tours & Workshops
August 3-5 | Southern Wisconsin

Over 20 women-run farms offered tours, food and craft demos, tastings, and more during this jam-packed weekend. This event was sponsored by Wisconsin Farmers Union, MOSES, and Renewing the Countryside. Check back for “lessons learned” from this workshop.

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In Her Boots: Success Strategies from the Soil Sisters
August 3Raleigh’s Hillside Farm | Brodhead, Wis.

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, was enjoyed!

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Integrating Cereal Grains into an Organic Dairy Rotation
July 31 | Wilson Organic Farms | Cuba City, Wis.

The Wilsons showed how they are integrating cereal grains into their rotation as both quality feed for their dairy herd and off-farm sales. We also saw their soybean fields that were planted into roller-crimped rye. See recap!

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In Her Boots: Tools & Machinery, Vegetables, CSA & Diversification
July 26 | Humble Hands Harvest | Decorah, Iowa

Attendees toured 10th Street Farm & Market, an intensive 1/2 acre CSA farm outside of beautiful Afton, Minn. We learned about movable high tunnels for extended-season production, and the farm’s strong crop rotation plan. See recap!

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Wholesale Vegetables on a Small Scale
July 20 | Seed to Seed Farm | Balsam Lake, Wis.

Attendees learned about wholesale production on a small- to medium-sized farm. Farm host Ariel Pressman explained how to grow quality produce consistently for larger accounts, as well as beefing up wholesale production. See recap!

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Small Grains, Modest Gains
July 12  |  Hughes Farm  | Janesville, Wis.

OGRAIN (MOSES and partners at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Practical Farmers of Iowa organized this field day to show how small grains benefit other cash crops in both conventional and organic cropping systems. See recap!

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On-Farm Variety Trials: Potatoes
July 1 | PrairiErth Farm | Atlanta, Ill.

This trial location featured yellow potatoes for early vigor and yield. Hans & Katie Bishop of PrairiErth Farm conducted trials looking for an early potato variety that has some in-field resistant to potato leafhopper & has early vine dieback.

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On-Farm Variety Trials: Broccoli
June 28 | We Grow LLC | Westboro, Wis.

We Grow LLC is a produce and livestock farm in northern Taylor County Wisconsin. This field day featured hoop house broccoli that was grown from organic certified, non-GMO seeds.

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In Her Boots: Tools & Machinery, Dairy & Diversification
June 21
 Wylymar Farms | Monroe, Wis.

The day was spent 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 focused on tool use, mechanics and ergonomics from a female farmer lens, and how to care for that most important tool: yourself! See lessons learned!

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Spring High Tunnel Vegetable Production
May 5 10th Street Farm & Market | Afton, Minn.

Attendees toured 10th Street Farm & Market, an intensive 1/2 acre CSA farm outside of beautiful Afton, Minn. We learned about movable high tunnels for extended-season production, and the farm’s strong crop rotation plan. See recap!

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