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- Chair: Erik Harris
- Treasurer: David Schmidt
- Secretary & Association Board Delegate: Chris Gamer
Watershed Tour | Oct. 28, 2017 – SFA Driftless Chapter hosted a free guided bus tour of the Ahrensfeld/Rush Creek Watershed on Oct. 28, 2017, that started at the Rushford Village Community Hall. During the tour, Dr. Dylan Blumentritt of Winona State and Jake Overgaard of U. of M. Extension discussed topics like karst geology, disappearing streams, watershed basics, land use and healthy water systems.
Gathering of the Guilds | Sept. 1-4, 2017 – SFA Driftless Chapter is co-sponsored a permaculture event, Gathering of the Guilds, Sept. 1-4 in Faribault that included permaculture workshops, skill shares and networking. This event offered local permaculturists, farmers, gardeners, activists, and others a chance to spend a weekend sharing skills, making connections, and learning.
Silvopasture Workshop | Aug. 4-5, 2017 – An event showcasing Silvopasture, a regenerative, innovative farming method, was held in Soldier Grove, Wis., and La Crescent, Minn. Hosted by U. of Minnesota, U. of Wisconsin Extension, and sponsored by SFA Driftless Chapter, the workshop included an optional tour Aug. 4 of a silvopasture trial, presentations on silvopasture establishment and management, a tour of Hoch Orchard and its hog silvopasture, and visits to two additional farms using the practice. Silvopasture is a sustainable agroforestry practice where trees and forage crops are grown together on the same piece of land, and grazing animals eat the forages. The livestock provide annual income, and the trees may provide income after a while in the form of wood, nuts or other products.
Building Soils from the Bottom Up with Jay Fuhrer | May 19-20, 2017 – In collaboration with the Valley Stewardship Network, on May 19-20, 2017, SFA Driftless Chapter hosted Jay Fuhrer, a nationally recognized soil scientist based out of Bismarck, N.D., who over the last 20 years has moved large scale farms in North Dakota toward no-till, crop diversification and cover crops species (read more about that work here). Jay shared his expertise and experience on soil health fundamentals along with a field day/pasture walk with local farmers in Viroqua and Mt. Sterling, Wis.
Pasture Walk | Oct. 18, 2016 – SFA Driftless Chapter co-hosted an event, the Great River Graziers Pasture Walk, at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Haugen farm, 12620 Deer Rd, Canton. Geoff Brink, USDA Forage Research Center Agronomist, discussed sorghum sudan vs. grazed corn as a summer annual solution, paddock renovation options, setting up paddocks for fall grazing, and reviewing the Haugens’ overall soil health after 22 years of rotational grazing.
Harvest Barn Dance & Potluck | Oct. 8, 2016 – SFA Southeast Chapter hosted a Harvest Barn Dance & Potluck on Oct. 8, 2016, at Four Sisters Farm, 2447 105th St. NE, Rochester. Attendees brought a favorite salad and/or dessert to share and enjoyed a provided main dish (meat & vegetarian) as well as a fun barn dance.
Southeast Chapter Annual Meeting | March 10, 2016 – SFA Southeast Chapter hosted its annual meeting March 10 in the St. Charles Community Room, 830 Whitewater Ave, St. Charles. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin of Main Street Project gave a keynote address, “Developing a poultry-centered regenerative agriculture system that can change how food is produced around the world.”
‘Life of the Soil’ Event | March 5, 2016 – SFA Southeast Chapter hosted an educational seminar on soil health March 5, 2016, at the Lewiston Community Center, 75 Rice St, Lewiston. Discussed was the connection between soil, animal and human health. Speakers included Dr. Don Huber, soil health professor emeritus at Purdue University; large animal veterinarian Dr. Art Dunham; and Dr. Michael McNeil of Ag Advisory.