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Lake Agassiz Festival of Farms | July 9, 2016 – Lake Agassiz Chapter hosted tours at Split Oak Farm and Amazing Grace Homestead, each near Bagley, Minn. At 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.
At 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.
Lake Agassiz Annual Meeting | Jan. 9, 2016 – Lake Agassiz Chapter hosted its annual meeting 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.
Following the presentations was a potluck lunch, business meeting and farmer networking time.
- Lake Agassiz Charter (PDF)