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The annual Festival of Farms
Farm Market Cafe, Dutch Fury Farm, and Eller Family Farm in Onamia, MN
July 13, 2013, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
GrazeFest Pasture Walk
Wellspring Farms in Aitkin, MN
August 10, 2013, 9 a.m.-noon
Participants at Wellspring Farms in Aitkin learned about fence and watering systems and grazing management through one of the highlights of farmlife: A pasture walk.
New Crops Project & Orcharding in the North Field Day
Central Lakes College Agricultural and Energy Center, Staples, MN
August 23, 2013, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Participants attended three sessions to learn about specialty crops in Minnesota.
- 1:30-2:30 p.m. Specialty Crops Demonstration Plot
- 2:45-4:30 p.m. Pest & Disease Management in your Home Orchard
- 2:45-3:30 p.m. Local Fuels from A to Z: The “Distributed Energy” concept
- 4:45-5:45 p.m. Viticulture for Northern Minnesota
Workshops were suitable for all levels of growers, taught by knowledgeable horticulturists and orchard managers, giving participants practical, hands-on experience.
This Sustainable Farming Association event was sponsored by The CLC Ag and Energy Center, The Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Happy Dancing Turtle, and the Green Island Orcharding in the North Project, with support from the Central SFA Chapter.
Paradox Farm, Ashby, MN
1:30-4 p.m., August 21, 2013
GrazeFest Cover Crop Field Day Bus Tour
4 farms, Wadena Co., September 7, 2013
Orcharding in the North
Orcharding in the North is an important series of workshops providing uniquely current and useful information on growing tree fruits in our coldest northern climate. The series is presented by experienced horticulture scientists yet it will also include field observations from long-established gardeners and growers in northern Minnesota. While the workshops are intended for homesteaders, hobbyists, and small farmers they will be the best current resource for understanding the ups and downs of orcharding in the north.
For more information, click here to download a brochure on the second event in the series.
The following partners have participated in the development of this program as a benefit to the Minnesota public: The CLC Ag and Energy Center of Staples MN, Green Island Preserve, The University of Minnesota Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Happy Dancing Turtle of Pine River, CLC Specialty Crops Program of Brainerd, University of Minnesota Extension Service of Crookston, The Sustainable Farming Association Central Chapter, Living Legacy Gardens, and Central Lakes College Horticulture and Farm Business Management.
Central Chapter Board Members
Mission of Central Chapter:
The mission of this group is to promote the use of environmentally and economically sound agricultural practices and to ensure a healthy future for family farms and all of the people of central Minnesota.
The Aims and Purposes of this Association are:
- To develop a support system for family farmers in acquiring knowledge and understanding of economical and environmentally sound practices of production farming
- To achieve this through a newsletter with the latest information on sustainable farming practices, as well as providing farm tours, seminars, and supervised test plots
- To develop policies which will influence legislation in areas pertaining to environmental problems, i.e. groundwater contamination
- To support farming methods without endorsing commercial products
- To support and encourage Extension and University research programs that promotes sustainable agriculture
- To promote farming as a positive way of life.