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- President: Yvonne Baller
- Vice President: Louise Gunnink
- Secretary: Sharon Johnson
- Chapter Representative: Jon Ferris
Save the Date: East Central Annual Meeting is Oct. 1
SFA East Central Chapter will host its annual meeting from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Minnesota Fresh Farms, 20241 Highway 65, East Bethel. October is a fall harvest month and we look forward to sharing locally grown produce, meats or other foods sourced locally along with our favorite fall fare. Bring a dish to share.
Also planned is an overview of the last year and a chapter budget update. Chapter leaders are also seeking ideas and volunteers for potential 2018 events.
East Central Dual Farm Tour | June 25, 2017 – SFA East Central Chapter hosted a dual farm tour June 25 that started at Nelson Grass Farm, 1622 Garden St, Ogilvie.
The Nelsons raise a few goats, 20 pigs, 60 turkeys, 650 laying hens, 1,900 broiler chickens and a small colony of rabbits on pasture; the tour will focus on the different shelters for each animal group, the use of mobile watering systems and mobile electric fencing. This is the sixth year the Nelsons have been farming and direct marketing their products.
Then, the group caravaned to the farm of Clark Parkhurst and Yvonne Baller, 1553 Bear St, Ogilvie. Clark and Yvonne’s 40-acre farm is a mixture of pasture and woods; attendees learned about custom grazing of livestock and see it in action as well as learn how they are building a sheep flock with a long-term goal of providing lamb for sale. Although not a fully functioning farm at this time, Clark and Yvonne are developing sustainable revenue streams.
East Central Chapter Meeting | April 22, Isanti – We heard from SFA Livestock and Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, who provided an overview of soil health, principles for implementation and what soil health can mean for producers using real world examples.
East Central Meeting | March 18, Isanti – SFA East Central Chapter met from 9 a.m. to noon March 18 at the meeting room in Coborns, 209 6th Ave NE, Isanti. This meeting focused on finalizing the East Central Chapter summer schedule, solidifying volunteers for staffing education tables at farmer’s markets, and sharing education topics for the education wheels for the farmer’s markets.
Annual Meeting | Jan. 14, 2017 – East Central Chapter hosted its annual meeting Jan. 14 at Sharon & Bruce Johnson’s Minnesota Fresh Farm in East Bethel. The agenda included chapter officer review; budget/financial update; chapter next steps; a detailed discussion of ideas for community education regarding sustainable farming and SFA awareness; and a potluck brunch. At that meeting, Yvonne Baller was elected chapter President.