“ASK THE EXPERT” is a production of Crow River Sustainable Farming Association.
11 a.m. 11am: Ryan Freitag, McLeod Soil and Water Conservation District
This county department has ideas and services available for farmers throughout MN. find out what they may be able to do for you.
11:50: Catherine Rose, Mindful Generations
Using Permaculture as a template to practice sustainable methods, while training farmers to train others, both here in USA and abroad.
12:40: Cheryl Willenbrin, General Manager, Stickney Hill Dairy
Stickney Hill prides itself on its quality goat milk products. In partnership with the goat milk producers of the Midwest, Stickney Hill has established a valuable supply base of the highest quality milk in the industry.
1:37 p.m. – Break for the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade
2:15: Food Photography
Mette Nielsen, food and farm photographer has been creating food images for over 30 years. Her most recent cookbook, a collaboration with Beth Dooley, is Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook, published in May 2013. Her work has been seen in cookbooks, magazines and on food packaging. Her cookbook work includes Brenda Langton’s: The Spoonriver Cookbook, Lynne Rosetto Kasper’s: The Splendid Table’s “How to Eat Supper”,Raghavan Iyer’s”: The Turmeric Trail and Mayo Clinic’s: Encyclopedia of Foods. She is currently working on 2 other cookbooks along with her commercial food work. Mette resides in Minneapolis where she last year converted her front yard in to an edible fruit landscape. M
ette is a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Intern this year, focusing on food production in urban gardens – specifically growing perennial small fruits such as currants, gooseberries and others.
3:00 Minnesota’s Native Pollinators, presented by The Xerces Society
Sarah Foltz Jordan is a conservation biologist at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, an organization dedicated to the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. Sarah develops Pollinator Conservation Activity Plans for Midwest farms, and she will discuss the great diversity of native pollinators in Minnesota, their fascinating biology, and what we can do to help create or enhance habitat for these essential animals in our yards, gardens, and farms.
4:00 p.m. – Panel of Garlic Growers
Q & A with:
Jerry Ford, Living Song Farm
Gary Klingelhoets, Garlic Contest Best-in-Show Winner
Jerry and Gary tell all about the cultivation of incredible award winning Garlic.