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!

Click on an event below to register for that field day. Also, scroll down to read recaps of  this year’s completed field days!

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2019 Field Days:

 

 

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

Harold and Ross Wilken farm more than 2,400 acres of certified organic grains. They will share how they successfully grow food-grade small grains and showcase The Mill at Janie’s Farm, their certified organic milling operation, where we’ll taste the artisanal breads made from the mill’s flours. This is an OGRAIN event.

 

From Grain to Plate – Small Grains Field Day
June 30 | Meadowlark Organic Farm | Ridgeway, Wis.

Learn how to build rotations with small grains and how to access the food-grade grain market. This event, organized by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, includes lunch and information for consumers about how they can help clean up the environment by supporting good farming practices.

 

Grow Grains for Distilling
July 10 | McHugh Farms | Onalaska, Wis.

In his second year of growing specialty rye and corn for La Crosse Distilling Company, Patrick McHugh will discuss his organic growing techniques, crop rotation, and fertility management. A representative of La Crosse Distilling Company will explain the types of grains needed by artisan distillers. This is an OGRAIN event.

 

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

MOSES board member Charlie Johnson hosts a tour of his expansive organic farm, showcasing organic methods for growing corn and soybeans. This event is organized by Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS).

 

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

This special In Her Boots workshop will kick off the Soil Sisters weekend. Meet the Soil Sisters who run meat operations and take a detailed, behind-the-scenes farm tour of Riemer Family Farm.

 

 

Soil Sisters Weekend
August 2 – 4 |  Southern Wisconsin

Take classes, savor farm-fresh goodies, and tour women-owned farms during this jam-packed, award-winning culinary event celebrating rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead, Wisconsin.

 

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

Glean insights and inspiration from a trio of women farmers who run several businesses out of the same farm. This broad-based workshop includes tips on growing, harvesting, and arranging flowers, a look at on-farm conservation practices, plus great tips on ways you can diversify your farm income.

 

Cultivating Farm Resilience for a Changing Climate
August 16 | Rosmann Family Farm | Harlan, Iowa

The Rosmanns, the 2018 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, will highlight how they work small grains into their field crop rotations, use cover crops for rotational grazing, and discuss their farrow-to-finish swine operation. MOSES co-sponsors this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day.

 

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

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

 

Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day
September 18 | Gwenyn Hill Organic Farm | Waukesha, Wis.

Learn about soil health and low-impact cultivation and see tools for precise mechanical weed control in both crop and vegetable fields. Includes in-field demonstrations. Organized by The Land Connection.

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Completed 2019 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.

 

Organic Weed Management
June 12 | Big River Farms | Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Read about strategies learned to control weeds—even thistle and quackgrass—to grow high-quality organic vegetables. Event organized by MN Food Association/Big River Farms. Recap coming soon.

 

Promote Soil Health with Small Grain/Legume Rotations
June 12
 | Mapleton Community Center | Oconomowoc, Wis.

Learn how the use of crop rotations with legumes, manure, and other organic-approved fertility inputs to improve soil fertility and crop yields within organic production systems was demonstrated at this OGRAIN field day. Recap coming soon.

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