The Sustainable Farming Association has four exciting sustainability events planned this weekend. All are free and open to the public.
Western Chapter Meeting & Soil Health Day | Oct. 27-28 | Benson
The first is a Western Chapter meeting and soil health field day Oct. 27-28 at Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord’s Prairie Horizons Farm, 31008 State Highway 29, Benson. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Fri., Oct. 27, at the farm for a potluck meal, where locally sourced organic harvest stew and sourdough bread are provided. Then, Sat., Oct. 28, attend a soil health field day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. led by SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg (right) and Dr. Sharon Weyers of USDA. This field day includes lunch and up-to-date information on the latest in cover crops, grazing and soil health practices.
Driftless Chapter Watershed Tour | Oct. 28 | Rushford Village
Next, SFA Driftless Chapter is hosting a guided bus tour of the Ahrensfeld/Rush Creek Watershed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 starting at the Rushford Village Community Hall, 43038 MN Highway 30. Speakers Dr. Dylan Blumentritt of Winona State and Jake Overgaard of U. of M. Extension will discuss topics like karst geology, disappearing streams, watershed basics, land use and healthy water systems. Lunch is included.
Crow River Premiering Wendell Berry Film | Oct. 28 | Hutchinson
Then, Crow River Chapter is hosting the Minnesota premiere of the new film, “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” at its Fall Social from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28 at York Farm (www.yorkfarmmn.com), 21161 York Rd, Hutchinson. “Look & See” looks at a changing cultural landscape that is imagined through the eyes of sustainable agriculture icon Wendell Berry. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. with snacks and beverages, followed by the film screening at 7 p.m. After the film, desserts will accompany an open discussion. Reservations required.
Deep Winter Greenhouse Open House | Oct. 29 | Madelia
Finally, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and SFA are hosting the next in a series of Deep Winter Greenhouse Open House events from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 29, at Alternative Roots Farm, 11197 130th St, Madelia. This free event will showcase a passive solar greenhouse that enables farmers Brooke & John Knisley to produce crops all winter long. This event will include presentations, a ribbon cutting, self-guided tours, and Q&A. The site is 1.5 miles east of MN-15; parking on gravel road only.