Organic Field Day

Adding Organic to Large-Scale Farms

Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Free

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Wallendal Farms
2401 5th Avenue
Grand Marsh, Wis. 53936

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After a successful farm transfer, third generation farmers Eric and Megan Wallendal and Raechel and Chad ­­Kosler are currently managing 3,200 irrigated acres of diversified vegetables, forages, seed, beans, and grains in Grand Marsh, WI. From pumpkins and watermelons to Milo and soybeans, they’re not afraid to try new things and find new markets. Their innovative rotations are just the beginning – they’re also in the process of transitioning one third of their crop ground to organic production, adding additional complexity, diversity, and resilience to their operation. Wallendal Farms continues to be a pioneer in forward-thinking sustainable agriculture, working with numerous university faculty and private individuals to set up research projects on their farm, benefiting not only their own knowledge base, but agriculture in our region as a whole. Come learn what it takes to transition part of a large-scale conventional farm to organic.

 

Topics:

  • Imaginative crop rotations
  • Managing conventional and organic in a single operation
  • Strip tilling
  • Organic transition process
  • Farm transfer to the next generation
  • Cultivation and fertility practices
  • On-farm research projects
  • Update on crop insurance and recordkeeping for organic operations, by Harriet Behar, MOSES Senior Organic Specialist

 

Agenda:

9 – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome and orientation

9:10 – 9:20 a.m.
Sponsor introductions
MOSA, DeLong Co., Allied Coop, Family Farms group, Purple Cow

9:20 – 10:30 a.m.
Farmer presentation
Farm history, transition to organic, crop rotation, and on-farm research, presented by the Wallendal and Kosler families.

10:30 a.m. – Noon 
Farm tour
Farm machinery, strip-till, rye, pumpkins, and on-farm research will be shown and discussed.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch

1 – 1:30 p.m.
Breeding and Research for Organic Dry Bean Production
Ken Kmiecik

1:30 – 2 p.m.
On-farm record keeping
Harriet Behar

2 – 2:45 p.m.
Successful farm transition
John Wallendal

2:45-3 p.m.
Q&A

3 p.m.
Optional road trip to see the farm’s red clover, sunflowers, and prairie.

 

Lunch:

  • Locally produced brats and burgers
  • Sweet corn grown at Wallendal Farms
  • Potato salad
  • Green beans
  • Cookies

Lunch will be prepared by Wisconsin River Meats.

 

Speakers:

  • Eric and Megan Wallendal and Raechel Kosler, Wallendal Farms
  • John Wallendal, past manager and consultant for Wallendal Farms
  • Harriet Behar, MOSES Senior Organic Specialist
  • Ken Kmiecik, bean breeder

 

Front row: Raechel Kosler, John Wallendal, Monica Wallendal, Eric Wallendal. Back row: Chad Kosler, Megan Wallendal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsors:

  • Allied Cooperative
  • Family Farms Group
  • Midwest Organic Services Association
  • DeLong Co.
  • Purple Cow Organics

 

 

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