Below are descriptions of past GrazeFest events. GrazeFest is SFA’s ongoing event series that promotes grass-based livestock production, from on-farm field days to educational seminars to community outreach.
Energized Fencing Seminar – Oct. 13, 2012
The Sustainable Farming Association sponsored a fencing seminar Oct. 13, 2012, in Fergus Falls led by SFA’s Kent Solberg (right), owner of Seven Pines Farm and Fence of Verndale and an instructor in the Sustainable Food Production program at M-State in Fergus Falls. Kent has 18 years of professional experience designing and installing energized fence systems for livestock. The workshop was sponsored by SFA, Sustainable Food Production and the Minnesota Dairy Initiative.
For more photos, visit our Pasture Profitability homepage.
Pasture Profitability Workshops – Sept. 29, Oct. 6 & Oct. 20, 2012
Attendees gained expert advice on pasture-based livestock farming and more during a pair of Pasture Profitability Field Days in fall 2012: Sept. 29 near Wadena, and Oct. 6 near Edgerton. Also held was an event Oct. 20 in Staples for returning veterans who are interested in livestock farming. To learn more, and to see photos from the events, click here.
To view a story and photos from the Oct. 6 workshop via the Pipestone County Star, click here. Thanks to reporter Mavis Fodness for her attendance at our workshop.
GrazeFest at Mill City Farmers Market – June 30, 2012
As part of our ongoing GrazeFest series of events, SFA partnered with Mill City Farmers Market to host a chef/farmer session at the market June 30, 2012. Mill City Farmers Market is held at the Mill City Museum next to the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. SFA farmer vendors from the market provided their products to local chefs, who demonstrated to the market visitors how cooking with local food can be fun, easy and, of course, delicious.
SFA events coordinator Jerry Ford, communications coordinator Jason Walker and New Crops coordinator Bobby Wenner (at right) as well as SFA volunteer members Mary Jane Miller and Emilyrose Pfaltzgraff were at the market, too, talking SFA with passersby and spreading the word about our organization, particularly our upcoming Festival of Farms.
SFA member Jim VanDerPol was on hand, too, signing copies of his book, “Conversations With the Land,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and culinary coordinator Miller was working alongside the chefs and selling copies of the Garlic Festival cookbook.