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- Co-chair: Mike Jorgenson
- Co-chair: Nicholas Perry
- Secretary: Carol Ford
- Treasurer: Jim VanDerPol
- Association Board Representative: Richard Handeen
Western Chapter Meeting, Soil Health Field Day | Oct. 27-28, 2017 – Western Chapter and the U. of M.-Morris Organic Gardening Club hosted a harvest gathering and soil health field day on Oct. 27-28 at Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord’s Prairie Horizons Farm in Benson. The festivities kicked off Friday with a harvest gathering and were followed Saturday with a soil health field day led by SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg and Dr. Sharon Weyers of USDA. This field day includes lunch and up-to-date information on the latest in cover crops, grazing and soil health practices.
Potluck, Meeting and Bread Mixer | April 8, 2017 – Western Chapter hosted its annual meeting, potluck and bread mixer April 8 at the Milan Community Center, 170 N 4th St, Milan. At the meeting, we shared updates on several projects happening in our region including Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPol’s experience with intergenerational farm transition; Anne Borgendale’s plans for local grass-fed organic cheese from Northland Prairie’s dairy; Mike Jorgenson’s perspective on waterway buffer strip compliance; and Kathy Draeger on the new Farm-to-Grocery to Warehouse initiative. Attendees brought bread dough ready for the oven or something for the potluck. Jam session followed.
Barn Dance | March 24, 2017 – SFA Western Chapter co-sponsored a community barn dance featuring contra and square dancing with Ruperts Land Band on March 24, 2017, at the Student Center at the University of Minnesota Morris, 600 E 4th St. Presented in partnership with the UMM Organic Garden Club.
Annual Meeting | April 16, 2016 – SFA Western Chapter hosted its Annual Meeting along with a “Bread Mixer” event April 16 at the Milan Community Center, 408 N 4th St, Milan. Attendees brought dough ready for the ovens and/or sandwich fixings to bake bread together. Discussion focused on local ingredients and recipes as well as chapter business. Jam session followed.
Western Chapter Spring Get-Together | June 6, 2015 – Attendees enjoyed an evening of camaraderie, good food, farm research, music, and fire at Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord’s Prairie Horizons Farm in Benson. During a farm tour, Dr. Margaret Kuchenruether and Dr. Sharon Weyers presented regarding their research at Prairie Horizons Farm since 2008. Musical jam and bonfire followed.