2019 MOSES Organic Field Day


Add Unusual Fruits to Your Farm

Wednesday, August 21 |  10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Free 

Advanced registration for this event is now closed. On-site registration available.

Blue Fruit Farm
31762 Wiscoy Ridge Road
Winona, MN 55987

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NOTE: Winona County 17 will be closed during the field day. If you are coming from Winona: take MN 43 to Wilson, then Winona Co. 19 into Wiscoy Valley, then left on Winona Co. 17 to the intersection of Wiscoy Ridge Road, then turn right and go up hill 1/2 mile to our farm.

PARKING: Look for signs. Parking will be along the driveway up to our field with overflow in another field on site.



Our MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford, grow unusual fruits—aronia berries, honeyberries, juneberries, elderberries, black currants, and more. These fruits are packed with flavor and full of antioxidants.

Learn how to grow and use these fruits, as well as how to incorporate native plants in your farm, gardens, and yard. Get insights on pest management, mechanical weed control, and solar-powered irrigation, too.


  • Unusual fruits
  • Overhead netting
  • Pest & disease management and insect identification
  • Native plants
  • Mechanical weed control for orchards
  • Solar-powered irrigation




10:00 a.m.      Parking, Registration, and Fruit, Juice, and Jam Tastings*

10:30 a.m.       Introductions and Orientation

10:45 a.m.       Farm Overview and Field Tour

12:00 p.m.      Lunch and Networking at Wiscoy Coop Pavillion (Vegetarian Option Available)

  1:15 p.m.        Field Day Demonstrations:

  1:30 p.m.       Organic Management of Pests –  Annie Klodd

  2:00 p.m.       Integrating Native Plants in Organic Orchards  – Kaitlyn O’Connor

  2:30 p.m.       Mechanical Weeder Demonstration – Jim Riddle and Katie Lange

  2:45 p.m.        Testing Soil pH (hands on exercise) –  Joyce Ford

                              Demonstration of Solar Irrigation System –  Jim Riddle

  3:15 p.m.        Closing remarks and questions

*Product purchases available at beginning and end of field day!



Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford, Blue Fruit Farm

Jim Riddle & Joyce Ford have had a profound impact on organic agriculture, not just as farmers, but also as educators, policy advocates, and advisers. They have worked at local, state, and national levels to promote organic agriculture, and helped shape the country’s founding organic standards in the 1990s. To honor their contributions, they were selected as the MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year. They’re also really great organic farmers with lots of knowledge to share!


Annie Klodd, UMN Extension Educator for Fruits and Vegetables

Annie Klodd is a statewide University of Minnesota Extension Educator for fruit and vegetable production. She works with fruit and vegetable farmers to develop and deliver research-based education on growing a range of crops. Her recommendations focus on organic and sustainable solutions, as most of the farmers she works with grow organically. She manages the new UMN Fruit and Vegetable Newsletter and co-hosts the UMN fruit and vegetable podcast called “What’s Killing My Kale?” Annie grew up on a vineyard in Iowa and has an M.S. in Plant Science (Horticulture) from Penn State University.



Kaitlyn O’ Connor, Outreach Specialist, Prairie Moon Nursery

Kaitlyn O’Connor works for Prairie Moon Nursery, which provides over 700 species of native plants for woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. Jim and Joyce sell seed from their established prairie to Prairie Moon.







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