Recap of 2012 events
Crow River Chapter
Taking a “salad bar” approach to this year’s Festival of Farms, Crow River Chapter is offering a selection of twelve operations. Each farm will give tours at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with “open house” time between the tours. Farms are grouped in five locales, so patrons should be able to tour two places with minimal driving — some of the farms even share the same property. The locations are:
The diversity of these farms ranges from various livestock to CSA vegetables, with models of conservation and forestry practices as well; and some of the farms are offering special features during the open house time.
Donations will be accepted at all locations, and several will have farm fresh products for sale.
For all the details, please visit the Crow River homepage. Another GrazeFest event.
Cannon River Chapter
Little Hill Berry Farm: Climbing up the gradual slope to the top of a little hill you will feast your senses on 1,600 blueberry plants (roughly, an acre and a half). Little Hill Berry Farm aims to offer organic blueberries (and other fruit in the future). During our infancy, the berries produced on the farm will mostly be sold through our neighbor CSAs and Farmer’s Markets. In the not so distant future, we will be open to the public as a U-Pick berry operation. This fall, we will be harvesting Wild Rice in the lakes of Northern Minnesota to add to sell along with our blueberries. Through this tour, you will have the unique opportunity to walk the rows of plants, glean, and taste some of the coveted blue bursts of happiness before the general public. We will also provide information about the complex and tenuous task of growing and tending to your own berry patch. Visit our website and blog for more information.
Spring Wind Farm: A small, diversified operation, we raise vegetables, laying hens, and hogs on about four acres of land. We market all of our farm products here in Northfield, through our CSA, the farmers market, and wholesale. This is our third year of production. During our farm tour, visitors will get a first-hand look at the challenges and opportunities that come with converting a conventional corn and bean field into a diversified farm … as well as the chance to say hello to some very happy pigs. Visit our website for more information.
Open Hands Farm: Open Hands Farm is a 10-acre vegetable farm, using organic practices to grow 50 different vegetables (about 275 different varieties) mostly for our CSA, and also for wholesale, primarily to Just Food Co-op and St. Olaf College, and other local institutions. Walking through the farm you’ll see this diversity, and we’ll discuss some of the organic practices we use for growing food for our community, including how we feed the soil life to grow healthy crops and attract insects that help with pest management. Walking down the hill from Spring Wind Farm and Little Hill Berry Farm, we’ll tour Open Hands on the way to the barn for an ice cream social. Visit our website for more information.
Cherry Leaf Farm is currently nurturing close to a thousand ‘Carmine Jewel’ cherry bushes and ‘Honeyberry’ honeysuckle bushes. Both are newer varieties of fruit that do well in our climate. When mature, the cherries and berries will be offered for U-pick. The farm also produces vegetables for wholesale. Visitors can view systems for deer fencing and row covers.
To register for the Festival of Farms bus tour, go to www.justfood.coop, click on the “events” tab and scroll through the calendar to find the signup link on July 14. For more information about Cannon River Chapter, please visit the chapter homepage.
Lake Superior Chapter
Festival of Farms and the First Annual Old Time Wrenshall Barn Dance Weekend
A Gathering of Old-time Music, Dance, Local Farm Fresh Food, and Farm Tours
Join the Fun on July 13-15 • With a Special Pig Roast Luncheon and Festival of Farm Tours on Sat., July 14, to benefit Lake Superior Farm Beginnings • Located at the Same Site as the Free Range Film Fest: 909 County Road 4, Wrenshall, MN.
Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LSSFA) and folks from the Tamarack Dance Association have partnered to bring you a full weekend of old-time music and dancing, educational farm tours on three Wrenshall-area CSA farms, and a local foods luncheon fundraiser with PIG ROAST (pig provided by Yker Acres and LSSFA). Pig Roast luncheon cost $12/person.
There will be workshops on clogging, banjo, fiddle and more; local foods served; farm education; camping and jamming; and maypole fun for the kids.
SFA’s Festival of Farms tour will visit Northern Harvest Farm, Stone’s Throw Farm and Yker’s Acres Farm. The tour runs from 2-6 p.m. and will cover topics of Community Supported Agriculture, pastured pig production, diversified vegetable production, sustainable farming, infrastructure and lack thereof, and beginning farmer challenges and successes. All three farms are graduates of Farm Beginnings, a comprehensive training and support program for beginning farmers. All farms are within five minutes of the barn!
Join us for the day (or the whole weekend). There are many ways to play!
- 6 p.m.: Potluck with Dance Following
- 8-10 a.m.: Breakfast with Harbor City String Band
- 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Barn Dance Workshops throughout the Day (www.tamarackdance.org)
- Noon-2 p.m.: Pig Roast Potluck Luncheon Benefit for Lake Superior Farm Beginnings
- 2 p.m.-6 p.m.: LSSFA Festival of Farms Tours
- 2-3:10 p.m.: Northern Harvest Farm – 2572 County Road 102, Wrenshall MN
- 3:25-4:35 p.m.: Stone’s Throw Farm – 2555 County Road 102, Wrenshall MN
- 4:50-6 p.m.: Yker Acres Farm – 539 County Road 4, Wrenshall MN
- 6-7 p.m.: Dinner Hosted by Tamarack Dance Association
- 7-10:30 p.m.: Dance with 3 Great Bands and 3 Great Callers
- 9-11 a.m.: Breakfast with Harbor City String Band
- 11 a.m.-noon: Gospel Sing with Four Mile Portage
This activity is funded in part by the Arrowhead Region Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, and by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.
South Central Chapter
South Central Chapter is planning a low-energy farm day from MyBackAchers.com and Cedar River Horse Logging, 50277 130th St, Lyle.
Starting at 10 a.m., the farm will host daylong demonstrations of alternative energy on the farm including hydroelectric power from a small creek. Other events include:
- Discussion of wind power, including 1.) Things to Consider and 2.) Power Management
- Draft horse demonstration
- Wood as an efficient fuel source and a wood-fired steam engine
- Alcohol as a fuel discussion and handouts.
- Demo of Auto-Fodder-Feeder system for low energy and reduced feed costs.
Preregistration is required by July 5 by visiting our Facebook page, calling/texting 507.589.5256 or e-mailing MyBackAchers@gmail.com. This event is free to SFA members and $5 for non-members.
For more information about South Central Chapter, please visit the chapter homepage.