MOSES Organic Field Days give you the chance to see how other organic farmers manage their operations and get ideas you can use on your own farm.

Tips shared at last year’s MOSES Organic Field Days

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2021 Organic Field Days

 

Check back this spring for more information on these and additional field days! All field days are in-person events unless otherwise stated and depending on COVID-19 restrictions on those dates.

 

Mhonpaj’s Garden
June 2 | 2 p.m. | Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Learn more about season extension for vegetables with MOSES Organic Specialist Mhonpaj Lee. This field day will be inside of a high tunnel, so as a precaution, we will be hosting this as a virtual event.

 

 

Organic Row Crops and Native Prairie Restoration in South Dakota
July  22 | Johnson Farms | Madison, S.D.

Charlie Johnson, together with his cousin Aaron Johnson and their families, farm nearly 3,000 acres of organic grain and forage crops in South Dakota. Join them for their annual farm tour to see this great example for large-acreage row crop farmers looking to transition to organic or improve their organic farming and business practices. You will also hear from guest speaker Tracy Ravensborg, who custom grazes cow-calf pairs on 950 acres of grassland near Marvin, South Dakota. She is working to restore the grassland to it’s native prairie state.

 

Humble Hands Harvest
July 31 | 2 p.m. | Decorah, Iowa

Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan of Humble Hands Harvest, a diversified organic vegetable, pastured pork, grass-fed sheep, and tree crop farm, will share their community-centered land access story and cooperative business model. The farm tour will highlight their development of a no-till organic vegetable system as well as their plans for perennializing their 22 acres.

 

Medicinal Herb Production 
August 7 | Four Elements Herbal Organics | North Freedom, Wis.

Did you enjoy last year’s virtual field day with 2020’s MOSES Farmers of the Year David and Jane Stevens? Well, you now have an opportunity to come and visit their beautiful farm. You will learn all about medicinal herb production, topics including herb identification and wellness uses, planting, harvesting, drying, and cover crops. Learn more.

 

Silvopasture for Pollinators and Livestock
August 21 | Mary Dirty Face Farm | Menomonie, Wis.

Evaluate recently-planted silviculture strips and learn about species selection, installation, and weed management on MOSES Organic Specialist Rachel Henderson’s farm. Habitat value will be discussed both in terms of forage/shade for livestock and food/nesting for pollinators, especially specialist bees, butterflies, and moths that require certain tree & shrub species to survive. Co-hosted with The Xerces Society. Learn more.

 

Growing Sustainability through Community Engagement with the Land
September 18 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  Sustain DuPage | Wheaton, Ill.

Sustain DuPage is an educational non-profit focused on promoting sustainability in DuPage County, IL. See how they utilize their organic garden as a teaching space to promote sustainable food and agricultural practices, support native wildlife, inspire political change, grow local outlets for creative expression, and build community in the Chicago suburbs. Learn more.

 

Winter Vegetable Production in Missouri
October 4 |  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. |  Happy Hollow Farm | Jamestown, MO.

Learn more about fall crop harvesting and winter high tunnel and caterpillar tunnel production for vegetables in Missouri from the 2021 MOSES Farmer of the Year Liz Graznak. Co-hosted with EarthDance. More details here.