When Clare Hintz, Rachel Henderson, and Erin Schneider noticed the lack of knowledge and availability about non-traditional perennial berries in their areas within the midwest, they were on a mission to make currants, honeyberries, and elderberries household names.
In conjunction with an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant project, these three women are holding a "Currant Events Festival" at Hilltop Community Farm in LaValle, WI on July 13 from 10 am-2 pm. They invite their participants to celebrate these special fruits with tastings, orchard tours, a pie contest, live music, and of course...Read More
- Small acreage farmers and ranchers
- Small specialty crop producers such as vegetables, fruits, goats, etc.
- Small value-added producers selling cheese, meat, other food–products based on locally grown items; or·
- Others like this?
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Would you like to implement programming to help build your local efforts AND receive some travel support to attend the workshops, plus- have a small grant (approximately...Read More
On Saturday, June 22, SARE grantee Matt Sweeny, of Simple Earth Hops, will be hosting a 2013 Hop Growers Roundtable at Simple Earth Hops, 4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
This commercial hopyard event will feature:
- 9am-Noon, two hops presentations by Matt Sweeny titled: "Marketing Hops" and "Sustainable Hopyard Establishment"
- Noon-1pm, a reception
- 1-3pm, a hop growers forum discussion with a panel of 2 commercial hop growers from Wisconsin
Tickets are $45 per attendee. Order tickets online at http://2013hops.eventbrite.com/#.
Simple Earth Hops operates a 1/4 acre...Read More
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
The First International Symposium on Elderberry (Sambucus) will take place in Columbia, Missouri, USA, June 9–14, 2013.
This will be the world’s first gathering of international scientists from multiple disciplines studying all aspects of the elderberry plant and fruit, and its use as a food and dietary supplement. Horticulturists, botanists, biochemists, food scientists, economists, and others will gather in Missouri during peak elderberry flowering season for several days of scientific exchange and fellowship. The Symposium is being organized under the auspices of the International...Read More
The First International Symposium on Elderberry (Sambucus) will be held in Columbia, Missouri, USA, June 9–14, 2013.
Held in conjunction with University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry Professor, Michael Gold's, NCR-SARE Research and Education grant, it will be the world’s first gathering of international scientists from multiple disciplines studying all aspects of the elderberry plant and fruit, and its use as a food and dietary supplement. Horticulturists, botanists, biochemists, food scientists, economists, and others will gather in Missouri during peak...Read More
The Associated Press wrote a July story on the UMCA-sponsored elderberry workshop held this summer in Hartsburg, which was sponsored by the University of Missouri’s Center for Agroforestry through an ongoing grant from NCR-SARE. The following article was widely circulated around the U.S. Check out the Elderberry Financial Decision Support Tool, which was developed as part of this project.
Source: Journal Gazette
Missouri farmer Terry Durham is among those willing to bet the next hot food crop will be a berry now more commonly found in roadside ditches...Read More