2013 Festival of Farms photos
2013 Festival of Farms
Sustainable Farming Association of Central Minnesota and Farm Market Café are hosting the fourth annual Festival of Farms from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., July 13, in Onamia.
The Farm Market Café will host breakfast & lunch, local farm vendors, coffee roasting demonstrations, kids’ activities, and a presentation of Farm Market Café Business Plan.
Jo Rapatz of Dutch Fury Farm will lead a tour of her market garden, apple orchard, and open-pollinated cornfield.
Barbara Eller of Eller Family Farm will lead a tour of her rotational beef, pigs, and chickens grazing system in a silvopasture setting.
Crow River Chapter
Join us for tours of four farms in the Montrose and Watertown area, with an end-of-the-day social gathering at a fifth farm, all happening on Saturday, July 13, 2013. The entire event is free to the public, with donations to SFA’s Crow River Chapter accepted at each location. You can see a diverse array of sustainable farming techniques including vegetables, sheep, turkeys, chickens, cattle and more. There are three tour times at three of the farms, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to visit at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. True Cost Farm in Montrose (below) will only tour at 11 a.m., so if you want to see them, go there first.
Participating farms include:
TRUE COST FARM, located at 4432 County Road 12 S., Montrose, 55363, will do one tour only, at 11 a.m. Owners Jack and Betsy McCann raise a variety of rare livestock breeds, selected for their deep flavors and excellent health. Grown in natural living conditions, the animals are treated with care and respect, and are regularly rotated to fresh fields of pasture, ensuring their access to the most nutritious organic feed possible. Pork, beef, chicken and eggs are available monthly through their delivered seasonal packages.
The second farm near Montrose, JPR ACRES, located at 10389 Baker Avenue SW, 55363, is a family owned & operated farm built around producing food that is nutrient-rich and tastes great. Emphasizing an environment-friendly approach, Kerry Skelton uses a rotational grazing system to improve soil life and animal health. All of the farm’s livestock and poultry – turkey, duck, chicken, lamb – are traditional heritage breeds chosen for their ability to thrive on pasture as well for their reputation for outstanding flavor.
SWEET BEET FARM, located at 11549 Highway 25 SW in Watertown, 55388, is a fourth-generation family farm founded in 1883. Young farmers Nick and Amelia Neaton and their family are
in their fifth year supplying quality, 100-percent naturally grown produce, eggs and lamb to the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Also near Watertown, PRAIRIE SUN FARM (10330 Highway 25 SW, Watertown, 55388) owners Julie and Dan Geiger have been transitioning their 40-acre farm from conventional corn and soybeans into a diversified, productive landscape. In 2010 they received organic certification and started a 25-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation. They believe that this constantly evolving farm continues to teach them how to live with nature and grow great vegetables.
At the end of the tours, all Festival of Farms attendees are invited to a “post-festival social” at NATURE’S NEST FARM BED & BREAKFAST, 5412 Brighton Avenue SE, Montrose, MN 55363. Festivities begin at 4 p.m., and will feature light refreshments using products from the participating farms. Feel free to bring a dish or beverages to share.
For further information, call Nick Neaton at 952.807.8324.
Lake Agassiz Chapter
Lake Agassiz Chapter will be hosting a Farmer-to-Farmer Networking event July 13 at Marie and Bob Petry’s GrassStain Farm in Wolverton.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Petry farm, 1762 160th St, Wolverton. There will be a farm tour showcasing GrassStain Farm’s grazing paddocks, eggmobile, pastured pen poultry, small jersey herd, new cover crop project and new high tunnel.
A potluck lunch will follow at noon – please bring a dish to share. After lunch, there will be a chicken processing demonstration and then plenty of time to network and enjoy the farm.
Note: Do not use online maps or GPS directions to the Petry farm as they may mislead you. Directions from Wolverton: Drive 4.5 miles east on Hwy 30. Turn right on 170th Ave (Hwy 3). South for 1 mile. Turn left (east) on 160th St and go 1/2 mile; GrassStain Farm is the second house on the left. Directions from Sabin: Take Hwy 11 south about 20 miles to the second stop sign (road turns into Hwy 3 at county line). At that second stop sign, go one more mile south, then turn left on 160th St. Go east for 1/2 mile, and GrassStain Farm is the second house on the left.
For more information, contact Lake Agassiz Chapter coordinator Marie Petry at grass
South Central Chapter
Because of recent storm damage the South Central Chapter of the MN Sustainable Farming Association will be changing their Festival of Farms plans. Watch this space for new information for this year’s activities.
The SFA South Central Chapter appreciates your participation! Please feel free to forward your SFA Connect and CornerPost newsletters and share valuable activities with like-minded friends and help our Chapter serve the needs of local farmers and food producers. We value your participation and input.
To receive future meetings and announcements, please be sure to be added to the email list and include your post address by contacting Linda@ruraladvantage.org.