Another FREE SFA Keep Cattle in Minnesota Webinar is March 6

KCIM Keep Cattle in Minnesota“Strategies for Implementing Cover Crops,” a SFA Keep Cattle in Minnesota webinar led by Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. March 6. The webinar is free and open to all.

Cover crops are a powerful tool farmers can use to improve soil health. Cover crops can play a key role in implementing soil health principles. Specifically, cover crops aid in keeping soil covered, adding diversity to the rotation, keep a living root in the soil, and serve as the “bridge” between cropping systems and integration of livestock.

In the webinar, Kent will review the principles of building soil health, integration of cover crops and real world examples of how adding cover crops to your farm can move you toward productivity and profitability.

This webinar is the second in a series of KCIM webinars SFA has planned. Others are slated forApril 3 and Nov. 6; keep watching SFA Connect and our homepage for details about all upcoming KCIM webinars and programming.

Click here to sign up. For more information, visit our Keep Cattle in Minnesota homepage.

 

Gabe Brown Discussion Table at MSHS

At the 2015 Midwest Soil Health Summit, our speakers had discussion tables during the breaks, where participants could sit down in a group and visit one on one with each other and with our speakers.  Our keynote speaker, Gabe Brown, hosted a very popular discussion table, and we were able to record most of the discussion with everyone at the table.
Gabe fielded a number of questions ranging from practical cover crop issues, to building soil health without livestock, dealing with neighbors, getting started in farming, seed companies, watering cattle in winter,
**You will hear Gabe and the participants mention “Jerry” in this audio.  They are referring to Jerry Doan, one of the other speakers at the MSHS.
Midwest Soil Health Summit Keynote Speaker Gabe Brown at a discussion table, 2/18/15

Midwest Soil Health Summit Keynote Speaker Gabe Brown at a discussion table, 2/19/15

This is the kind of Farmer to Farming Networking SFA wants to promote.  As you heard, farmers asking questions, and feeding off of each other’s questions.  There were even some examples where farmers were asking questions of each other.

This really is the power of a network.  Speakers like Gabe tell us our approach is unique and beneficial.  This is a great example.

Deep Winter Greenhouse Class Added for March 14

SFA’s Deep Roots Short Course, “Deep Winter Production of Greens and Livestock Fodder Utilizing Passive Solar Energy,” has added an additional course from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 14, 2015.

Click here to register.

Dr. Sue Wika’s deep winter greenhouse at Paradox Farm utilizes passive solar energy with underground heat storage and provides winter greens for local consumers. Photo by Ann Arbor Miller/MPR News.

Dr. Sue Wika’s deep winter greenhouse at Paradox Farm utilizes passive solar energy with underground heat storage and provides winter greens for local consumers. Photo by Ann Arbor Miller/MPR News.

During the class, farm owners Sue Wika and Tom Prieve will provide a detailed overview of the construction and operation of their deep-winter greenhouse, which utilizes passive solar energy with underground heat storage. The greenhouse provides greens for local consumers. In addition, the structure is utilized to produce fodder for the farm livestock. Students will be in the greenhouse to see how greens and fodder are planted and harvested.

Deep Winter classes provide opportunities for students to “get their hands dirty” in the greenhouse by planting and harvesting greens. It will also cover greenhouse construction in a more detailed manner. Registrants: Don’t forget to bring a sack lunch. Beverage and fresh winter salad (grown on site) provided.

The class will be held at Paradox Farm, 11643 State Hwy 78, Ashby, MN 56309 (Directions: 7 miles north of Ashby; 10 miles south of Battle Lake). Storm date is March 15, 2015.

SFA @ 25: Review and Renewal

As SFA celebrates 25 years as a Farmer-to-Farmer Network® organization, there have been ample opportunities to reflect on where we’ve been, the accomplishments that got us where we are today, and what, if any, changes we can foresee in the future about where sustainable agriculture is going – and what role SFA should play in that future. Recently, SFA Executive Director John Mesko published an overview of the past 25 years of SFA’s development as an organization, highlighting some of the key issues and strengths of SFA, and considerations for an organization poised for growth in influence.

To this end, the SFA Board of Directors is establishing a committee of board members and others to take a look at SFA’s Organizational Structure, Brand Identity/Communications, Chapters, Memberships, Strategic Planning and Fundraising, with an eye toward 2040 and beyond to be in a position to play the lead role in further developing and promoting sustainable agriculture.

Questions or comments? please email them to: gro.n1425437105m-afs1425437105@nhoj1425437105.