On August 21st, 2013 the Paradox Farm in Ashby, MN will present “Let’s Talk Potatoes,” an overview of a Participatory Potato Variety Trial. This event will begin at 1:30pm with a potluck lunch on the farm followed by a tour of the potato variety trial and a presentation from the University of Wisconsin’s Dr. Ruth Genger. From 3:30-4pm guests will have the chance to participate in a discussion and ask questions before leaving the farm. Paradox Farm is located at 11643 State Hwy 78, Ashby, MN 56309, 10 miles south of Battle Lake and seven miles north of Ashby.
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The fourth annual Festival of Farms will take place on July 13, 2103 at the Farm Market Café in Onamia, MN. The event is hosted by the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) of Central Minnesota.
Adult admission is $25 per person, kids ages 3-12 are $5, and kids 2 and younger are free. SFA Members receive $5 off adult admission.
Admission covers breakfast, lunch, two farm tours, kids activities, presentations, and live music.
“The Festival of Farms is a family-friendly event with local chapters of SFA hosting field days and providing farmer-to-farmer and farmer-to-consumer networking opportunities...Read More
A SARE supported, tri-state collaboration has resulted in a new Community and Local Food Resources website to assist rural community food system development.
This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods.
The website brings together the following organizations:
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Wright County NRCS and University of Minnesota Extension are hosting a free event from 9am-1pm on April 19, 2013. It will feature speakers on cover crops, tillage, soil health and water quality.
- Field demonstration of the “Soil Warrior” strip till implement by Environmental Tillage Systems
- First hand experiences shared by local landowners
- Lunch and refreshments will be provided
- Jill Sackett U of MN, Cover Crops + Farmer Panel: Jill Sackett is a Local Extension Educator, Conservation Agronomist for University of Minnesota Extension....
This story features Elizabeth Kackman's NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant project. Through the project, Kackman and a group of Kenyan immigrant farmers were able to grow, harvest, and market a specialty crop called mwangani in Minnesota. Mwangani,...Read More
Source: Sleepy Eye News, Troy Krause
Education is not passive.
Students learn most effectively by being involved, and that involvement often takes its best shape in hands-on activities.
For students in the Wabasso Public School District, their science education is going to be taken to the next level through a recent donation of some state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment.
This past Tuesday morning, representatives from the U of M’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) were in the Wabasso school library presenting science equipment to one of the school’s educators. That equipment,...Read More
Source: Barb DeGroot, 952-433-1459
Chanhassen, MN (Jan. 2, 2013)- Learn the latest research in sustainable farming - both rural and urban - and network with leaders in the movement at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit: Growing the Farmer to Farmer Network, set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 & 16, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The conference runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the fee is $90 a day (through Jan. 15) and $95 a day (after Jan. 15).
Presented by the Arboretum in partnership with the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, the summit offers an opportunity for...Read More
The story below features the Minnesota Cover Crops Decision Tool by the Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC), a group which consists of eight Midwestern states and one Canadian province. The project to develop the Minnesota Cover Crops Decision Tool was funded through a Minnesota NCR-SARE mini-grant in Fall 2011.
Cover crops are any green crops grown between cash crops. They come in many different varieties, but until recently little information was available to help growers decide which varieties to select and exactly when to plant them.
The news story below features three Twin Cities farmers who are merging and also planning to submit a grant proposal to the NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant program.
Source: Twin Cities Daily Planet
Three urban farms in Uptown, Phillips and Frogtown are merging to create a larger farm called Stone's Throw Urban Farms. The merger of Uptown Farmers, Concrete Beet Farmers (in Phillips) and Pigs Eye Urban Farm (Frogtown) most likely will become official by the end of October, with individual organizations dissolving and merging into one larger LLC, according to Concrete...Read More
The story below features the Minnesota Cover Crops Decision Tool by the Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC) which consists of eight Midwestern states and one Canadian province.
Source: Echo Press
Interest in cover crops has been increasing in the Midwest in the last few years. Field days, workshops, and multi-day conferences on the topic are being held around the region. Educational events, research, on-farm demonstrations, and utilization can be found right here in Minnesota. Cover cropping is still somewhat of an enigma, however, and many agronomic questions exist....Read More