For more information on the Driftless Chapter, contact Chris Gamer, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 711.
Board Chair: Erik Harris
Treasurer: David Schmidt
Secretary & Delegate to the SFA Board of Director: Chris Gamer
“Building Soils from the Bottom Up”
A two-day workshop
with Jay Fuhrer
Day Two: “Cover Crops and Soil Health Field Day”
May 20, 2017,
Mt. Sterling Park Shelter, Hwy 27 and 2nd St., Mt Sterling, WI
In collaboration with the Valley Stewardship Network.
Jay Fuhrer is a nationally recognized soil scientist based out of Bismarck, ND, 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 will be sharing his expertise and experience on soil health fundamentals along with a field day/pasture walk with local farmers in Viroqua WI and Mt. Sterling, WI.
Chapter Annual Meeting
City Hall, 830 Whitewater Ave, St. Charles
Click on the flyer at left for more info.
Pasture Walk: Oct. 18
SFA Southeast Chapter is co-hosting 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, will discuss 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.
This event is free but an RSVP is requested to Bonnie at 507.421.7170 or email@example.com.
Note: GPS units often direct people to wrong end of Deer Rd. Directions: from intersection of Hwy 44 & 52, go north on Dove Road .5 mile. Turn east on Deer, go 1.5 miles. Farm is on east side of road, Fire #12620.
Harvest Barn Dance & Potluck was Oct. 8
SFA Southeast Chapter hosted a Harvest Barn Dance & Potluck from 6 to 11 p.m. Sat., Oct. 8, 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 was March 10
SFA Southeast Chapter hosted its annual meeting March 10 in the St. Charles Community Room, 830 Whitewatr Ave, St. Charles.
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin of Main Street Project will be giving a keynote address, “Developing a poultry-centered regenerative agriculture system that can change how food is produced around the world.”
SFA board chair Jim Chamberlin will also attend and discuss the benefits of SFA membership.
This program is open to all and free for current SFA members. Nonmembers must pay a $10 registration or join SFA and attend free.
‘Life of the Soil’ Event was March 5
SFA Southeast Chapter hosted an educational seminar on soil health from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sat., March 5, at the Lewiston Community Center, 75 Rice St, Lewiston. Learn about 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.
Cost was $15/SFA members and $20/nonmembers and included Organic Valley snacks and beverages.
To download the event flyer, click here.
An educational scholarship opportunity is available for those committed to sustainability in the fields of agriculture and forestry. Residents of Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha, Steele, Dodge, Olmstead, Winona, Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore, and Houston counties are eligible.
For more information, download this brochure.