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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2016 Field Days

In Her Boots: Beginning Livestock and Grazing
June 3  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Blanchardville, Wis.

Topics: Finding mentors, land and capital access, marketing, value-added products, diversification, breed selection, ergonomics, integrating family into your farm operation

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Organic Cover Crop Termination and No-Till Farming
June 15  |  Churdan, Iowa

MOSES partners with Practical Farmers of Iowa for this field day about best organic no-till practices and the rolling and crimping of cover crops. Registration info coming soon.

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Diverse Crop and Livestock for Full Family Farming
June 30  |  2-5 p.m.  | Knoxville, Iowa

The Petersen family has built a diverse crop and livestock operation so all three sons can work on the farm. Topics: sheep and cattle production (including sheep dairy); organic, conventional and non-GMO crops including corn, soybeans and small grains. MOSES and Practical Farmers of Iowa field day. Registration info coming soon.

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Organic Small Grains Production and Marketing
July 7  | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  | Lone Rock & Dodgeville, Wis.

Sponsored by MOSES and OGRAIN, this event starts at Dolan Farms to learn about food-grade grain production. In the afternoon, we’ll tour Lonesome Stone Milling where the farm’s grain is processed.

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CSA Vegetable Production with Organic Farmers of Year
July 11  |  1-4 p.m.  |  Evansville, Wis.

Steve Pincus and Beth Kazmar of Tipi Produce will discuss production techniques, vegetable pest and disease diagnostics and management, and market opportunities
for vegetable farms. Registration info coming soon.

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In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture for Women, By Women
July 15  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Grayslake, Ill.

Topics: CSA startup & long-term success strategies, cover crop benefits and soil fertility, diversified vegetable production & organic growing, running a family farm with young kids, integrating safety into family farming

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Managing Risk in Organic Production
July 28  | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  | Pana, Ill.

Learn how to manage risk while transitioning to organic. Topics covered include food- and feed-grade grain production, infrastructure, and production issues such as rotation development and solutions to fertility challenges. This event is sponsored by MOSES and OGRAIN. Registration info coming soon.

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In Her Boots: Farm Start-up Strategies for Women Farmers
Aug. 5  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Browntown, Wis.

Topics: Advice for your first year, organic certification, time management, self-care and farm-life balance, farming solo, farm diversification, running a family farm with kids

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Soil Sisters
Aug. 5-7  |  South Central Wis.

The jam-packed Soil Sisters culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe and Brodhead, Wis.

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Weed Control in Organic Crops
Aug. 11  | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  | Evansville, Wis.

This MOSES and OGRAIN event takes place at Doudlah Farms, which has 2,000 organic acres of edible beans. Topics include weed control practices, implements to use and timing for best management of weeds, plus a financial enterprise budgeting exercise with Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial. Registration info coming soon.

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In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture For Women, By Women
Aug. 17  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Goshen, Ind.

Topics: Creative land access for beginning farmers, increasing efficiency and maximizing value, salad greens from seed to market, cover crop benefits and management, running a family farm with young kids, creating a family-friendly enterprise

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In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture For Women, By Women
Aug. 23  |  10 a.m.-3 p.m.  |  Nerstand, Minn.

Topics: Diversified livestock, cover crops and pasture management, food licensing in Minn., running a solo operation as a woman farmer, farmers’ market success strategies, Minn. cottage foods law

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DCF 1.0Transitioning Your Dairy to Organic Production
Sept. 8  | Goodhue, Minn.

Join MOSES and Organic Valley as we visit Robert and Melanie Hinsch’s family farm, a 100-head dairy and field crop operation that they are transitioning to certified organic by May 2017. Learn about the realities of transitioning a dairy and large crop acreage from farmers in the middle of the process. Registration info coming soon.

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Managing Organic Crops on a Large Scale
Sept. 15  |  1-4 p.m.  | Cottonwood, Minn.

The Olsons grow organic corn, soybeans, and small grains on 1,100 acres using a three-year cash crop rotation with cover crops. Manure from their conventional hog operation fertilizes the organic acres. This MOSES and OGRAIN field day covers weed management, soil fertility and cover crops—particularly tillage radishes planted in late summer. Registration opens in June.

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