Come learn from two Central Minnesota farmers about using keyline design principles on their farms to manage water during two upcoming SFA Central Chapter workshops, “Restoration Agriculture & Keyline Design for Improving Hydrology.” This demonstration project explores how we can utilize excess water as an asset to increase productivity and resilience by capturing and storing it high on the landscape.
The first workshop is 6 p.m. Fri., April 8, at Bakers’ Acres, 36861 County Rd 9, Avon. Farmer Lisa Baker installed 900’ of berm and swale to move water from concentrated areas out to drier hillside ridges. This free field day will discuss the strategy and construction process.
The second workshop is 4 p.m. Fri., May 6, at Island Lake Farm, 23111 State Hwy 18, Deerwood. Farmer Jim Chamberlin has been researching and installing berm and swale terraces for over a decade. This free field day will include hands-on demonstration of surveying and installing a keyline terrace, as well as touring other established systems.
These workshops are free but advance registration is recommended.
For more information, visit the SFA Central Chapter homepage.