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 Days:

 

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

Spend the day 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 will focus on tool use, mechanics and ergonomics from a female farmer lens and how to care for that most important tool: yourself!

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

This field day features hoop house broccoli. We Grow LLC is a produce farm in northern Taylor County Wisconsin providing pastured heritage breed pork and free-range broiler chickens along with a wide-array of seasonal vegetable grown without the use of synthetic inputs in a community supported agricultural (CSA) system. They use organic certified, non-GMO seeds.

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

This trial location features yellow potatoes for early vigor and yield. PrairiErth Farm is a diversified operation producing corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa, and grass hay, as well as 20 acres of vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Their livestock operation includes 40 pasture-raised beef cattle, and free-range chicken for eggs and heritage breed pigs.

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

OGRAIN (MOSES and partners at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Practical Farmers of Iowa have organized this field day to show how small grains benefit other cash crops in both conventional and organic cropping systems. Learn how cover crops can be green manures and control weeds while reducing soil erosion and improving water quality.Organic Seed Alliance will talk about the Hughes Farm’s food-grade corn and cover crop seed trials, as part of our variety trialing series. Reserve your meal by July 6 by emailing debra@practicalfarmers.org or call 515-232-5661.

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

Learn about wholesale production on a small- to medium-sized farm. If you are looking to transition your farm from direct-to-consumer to wholesale, or beef up your wholesale production, this field day is for you. Farm host Ariel Pressman will explain how to grow quality produce consistently for larger accounts.

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In Her Boots: Organic CSA
July 26 Humble Hands Harvest | Decorah, Iowa

Spend the day 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 will focus on tool use, mechanics and ergonomics from a female farmer lens and how to care for that most important tool: yourself!

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

This field day is hosted by Wilson Organic Farms, a 400-cow dairy with 2,900 organic acres. The Wilsons emphasize the connection between soil health, plant health, and healthy people and animals. Learn about the integration of rolled-crimped rye into their soybean crop, soil health gains on the farm, and the integration of cereal grains into a dairy rotation as both quality feed for the herd and off-farm sales.

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Soil Sisters Farm Tours & Workshops

August 3-5 | $ Varies | Southern Wisconsin 

Over 20 women-run farms offer tours, food and craft demos, tastings, and more during this jam-packed weekend. This event is sponsored by Wisconsin Farmers Union, MOSES, and Renewing the Countryside.

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In Her Boots: Advice for Your First Year
August 3 Raleigh’s Hillside Farm | Brodhead, Wis.

Come for 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. Learn from experienced women farmers and gather resources for your farm launch. Stay for the full weekend, which includes workshops, culinary events, farm tours, and more!

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

This trial location features curly kale for mid-season palatability. Riverbend Farm is an organic vegetable farm that provides produce to a CSA, restaurants, food co-ops, and schools. Farmer Greg Reynolds also saves seed from, and works to improve, varieties of several crops.

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Adding Buckwheat & Sorghum Sudangrass to a Grain Rotation
August 29 Lily Lake Organic Farm | Maple Park, Ill.

The focus of this field day will be 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, learn about another cover crop superstar, sorghum sudangrass.

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Field Day recaps:

 

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.

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