Coordinator: Marie Petry, Wolverton
Phone: 1-844-9-CALL-SFA, Ext. 708
Lake Agassiz Festival of Farms
July 9, 2016, 1-4 p.m., Bagley, MN
1 p.m. tour at Split Oak Farm, 32837 201st Ave, Bagley;
2:30 p.m. tour at Amazing Grace Homestead, just 3.2 miles up the road;
4:00 p.m. Networking & light refreshments.
Split Oak Farm: Jeff and Angie Ness are new farmers who have created a biodiversity small-scale farm. During the tour they will go over crop and animal rotation with a focus on using the animals to “work the ground,” a sustainable soil health method and grazing practices. Also tour the gardens and visit with the dairy goats, pigs, poultry and rabbits.
Amazing Grace Homestead: Dianne Moen had a desire for a natural, sustainable, spiritual, and self-sufficient lifestyle. She views “mini-farming” both as a means of producing food and to be a steward to the land. Come view the Buff Chanticleer chickens, Royal Palm turkeys and poults, Scottish Highlander cow and calf pairs, Katahdin sheep, and a good dog. Walk around or just sit on the porch and visit about what is possible with a dream.
Admission is free and the day will end with networking and light refreshments. Please RSVP above for planning purposes.
See other Festival of Farms events here.
A Look Back at the
Lake Agassiz Annual Meeting • Jan. 9, 2016
The SFA Lake Agassiz Chapter hosted its annual meeting from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 9, 2016, at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St SW, Bemidji. It was a time of food, fun, sharing and learning how neighbors are building sustainable farms for the future.
The program kicked off with Lake Agassiz board members giving short presentations about their products and future farm plans, including:
- Lida Farm, a farmily-owned and operated certified organic farm. Organic vegetables are the primary crop, but Lida Farm also integrates some livestock into the operation, including broilers, hogs, and a family milk cow.
- Reedbird Farm, where Alethea Kenney and David Bainbridge use renewable energy to sustainably raise fiber animals. David set up and maintains the renewable energy system at Reedbird Farm and Alethea teaches about ancient fiber techniques, natural dyes, and herbs and minerals as they relate to health in humans and animals.
- Split Oak Farm: Jeff and Angie Ness from Split Oak Farm demonstrated the trials and errors of a small-scale sustainable farm. Samples of last year’s harvest of several grains and animal forages, preserved foods and different cheeses, and photos of Split Oak Farm animals and information on current cured meat projects were displayed.
Following the presentations was a potluck lunch, business meeting and farmer networking time.
July 11, 2015: Festival of Farms – Lida Farm and Lost Farm, Pelican Rapids. To read more and view photos, visit our Festival of Farms homepage.
June 18, 2015: Summer High Tunnel Tour – This event toured of three research development high tunnels at the farm of Chuck and Barb Shulstad near Erskine.
June 2015: A free Spring Blossom Orchard Tour near Bagley – During the tour, The Honeyberry Farm and Nursery will showcased the beauty and fragrances of spring blossoms, including honeyberries, saskatoons, dwarf sour cherries, currants, aronia, elderberries, and more. Farm owners Jim and Bernis Ingvaldson led the tour.
- Lake Agassiz Charter (PDF)