2021 MOSES Organic Field Day

Silvopasture for Livestock & Pollinators

Saturday, August 21 |  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Free 

COVID Precautions: We will have disposable masks and hand sanitizer available.



Mary Dirty Face Farm
N3060 630th St
Menomonie WI 54751


Photo by Heather Holm

Join us for a silvopasture-pollinator field day at Mary Dirty Face Farm, co-hosted with the Xerces Society. A silviculture expert from the Savanna Institute will evaluate recently planted tree strips and talk about species selection, installation, and weed management. Farm host Rachel Henderson and Xerces pollinator specialist Sarah Foltz Jordan will discuss habitat value both in terms of forage/shade for livestock and food/nesting for pollinators, especially specialist bees, butterflies, and moths that require certain tree and shrub species to survive.

Topics covered:

  • Silviculture strip installation & management
  • Pollinator biology and resource concerns
  • Tree and shrub species selection
  • Livestock considerations (cattle & hogs)
  • Renting pasture for grass-fed beef as added on-farm enterprise



Rachel Henderson, Mary Dirty Face Farm

Rachel and her husband, Anton Ptak, own and operate Mary Dirty Face Farm, a certified organic, mixed-fruit orchard. They offer an innovative CSA-style fruit share in the Twin Cities and the Chippewa Valley, and sell at farmers markets, to bakeries and other food artisans, and through on-farm sales. They began planting their original orchard in 2009; it now includes 5½ acres of raspberries, currants, blueberries, gooseberries, plums, pears, and apples. In 2016-17 they began work on a 2nd orchard block dedicated to disease-resistant, heirloom, and unusual apples. Besides fruit, Rachel and Anton raise a small amount of pastured livestock, including hogs, lambs, and poultry, as well as custom grazing cattle. Rachel has been an on-farm Organic Specialist with MOSES since 2018.


Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist

Based out of central Minnesota, Sarah leads Xerces’ Upper Midwest native bee and monarch habitat restoration projects. She works closely with a wide range of farmers across the region, with an emphasis on new, cutting-edge pollinator habitat restoration methods and pesticide protection strategies.



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