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- President: Yvonne Baller
- Vice President: Louise Gunnink
- Secretary: Sharon Johnson
- Chapter Representative: Jon Ferris
Animal Nutrition Seminar | 4-8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 21 | Bailey Ray’s Road House, 2120 165th Ave NE, Santiago
Jeff Mattocks, author of Feeding Pasture Raised Poultry and Vice President and Nutritionist at The Fertell Company will present on animal care and nutrition. Jeff will share information on chickens, pigs, goats and sheep. His presentation will include feed conversion, cost per pound, average daily gains, cost of feeds, alternative feeds, protein levels, comparing geed programs and more. A question and answer session will follow his presentation.
Admission is $20 per person and includes a meal choice of Hot Roast Beef or Country Fried Chicken. Reservations required.
“Growing & Marketing Minnesota Premium Garlic” | 1-4 p.m. March 10th | Coborn’s Community Room, 209 6th Avenue NE, Isanti, MN
This workshop includes everything you need to know to grow and market great premium garlic in Minnesota. Led by Connie Carlson from the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and Jerry Ford, longtime garlic grower and Project Director with Sustainable Farming Association, this highly interactive presentation will include the entire process of growing, managing and selling garlic, and is appropriate for new and seasoned farmers.
$10 per person; Reservations required by noon March 7.
Chapter Meeting | Jan. 27, 2018 – SFA East Central Chapter hosted its first meeting of 2018 at the community room in Coborn’s in Isanti. Agenda included a chapter update, outline of anticipated 2018 chapter events/meetings, and networking time.
East Central Annual Meeting – SFA East Central Chapter hosted its annual meeting Oct. 1, 2017, at Minnesota Fresh Farms, 20241 Highway 65, East Bethel. Members shared locally grown produce, meats and other foods sourced locally along with our favorite fall fare. We presented an overview of the last year and a chapter budget update while 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 focused on the different shelters for each animal group, the use of mobile watering systems and mobile electric fencing. 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.
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.