SFA’s Festival of Farms is an opportunity for consumers to learn about sustainable food production, network within the community, and have fun at various farms across the state. Through a series of locally produced events across the region, Festival of Farms helps educate consumers, link consumers with local producers and tighten connections within the local food community.
Starts at Nelson Grass Farm, 1622 Garden St, Ogilvie; and then moves to Clark Parkhurst and Yvonne Baller Farm, 1553 Bear St, Ogilvie.
Nelson Grass Farm raises goats, pigs, turkeys, laying hens, broiler chickens and a small colony of rabbits on pasture.
Clark Parkhurst and Yvonne Baller’s 40-acre farm is a mixture of pasture and woods with custom grazing of livestock, including sheep.
June 27 – Forage Council Summer Tour #1 | 6:30-8:30 p.m
Steve & Sue Flanagan Farm, 36554 620th Ave, Bluffton, Mn 56518
Come enjoy a farm tour and plenty of networking. Topics:
- Cover crop, grain, and forage rotation
- Complex mixes
- Soil regeneration
No RSVP is required. Info: sfa-mn.org/forage-council.
Visit two garlic operations in Red Wing and West Concord, Minn.
The event is produced by SFA’s Upper Midwest Garlic Growers Group. Joining the farmer presenters will be Dr. Carl Rosen, a soil scientist who has done extensive research on growing garlic in northern climates, and head of the Department of Soil Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota.
This will also be an opportunity to provide input into SFA’s upcoming Specialty Crops Grant work on promoting garlic in Minnesota.
- 10 a.m. – Hawk’s Brain Garlic field tour, 32742 200th Ave, Red Wing, MN 55066
- Noon – Potluck lunch at Bay Point Park, Red Wing; bring a dish to share.
- 1 p.m. – Drive to West Concord
- 2 p.m. – Coffman Garlic & Apples field tour, 56115 120th Ave, West Concord, MN 55985
- 4 p.m. – End
Admission is free. Click here to register.
Maple Ridge Produce Farm Visit & Potluck, 29555 380th Ave, Aitkin
This will be a social gathering for chapter members and non-members at Maple Ridge Produce.
It’s a potluck, so bring something to share! All are welcome and no RSVP is required.
Central Lakes College, 1830 Airport Rd, Staples, MN 56479
Open house at the Central Lakes College Agricultural Center and tour of its Byron Township site. There, the college, R.D. Offutt Co., SFA and other partners, are working to research soil health principles through cover cropping, crop rotation, and other principles.