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  • Saturday, August 24, 2024 at 12:00 PM
    Spring Lake Organics in Red Oak, IA

    PFI Field Day: El Ciclo de Una Operación Caprina - Qué Esperar del Pastoreo Rotacional

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    ¡Practical Farmers y Center for Rural Affairs se complacen en continuar nuestra serie El Ciclo de una Operación… Caprina! 

    enny Horner y Emilio Moreno están comenzando una ganadería en Red Oak, Iowa. Cultivan en la granja familiar de Jenny, Spring Lake Organics, que incluye 110 acres de heno orgánico certificado. Jenny agregó las cabras a la granja hace seis años para ayudar a revivir la tierra con pastoreo rotacional y forrajeo. Los planes futuros de Jenny y Emilio incluyen producir productos de valor agregado e iniciarse en el agroturismo. 

    Comida: Un almuerzo del restaurante mexicano local La Cascada se servirá después del día de campo. 

    Registro: Para inscribirse para estos eventos y talleres comuníquese con Valeria al 515-232-5661 o [email protected]

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    • Conceptos básicos de cercas eléctricas  
    • Manipulación y puesta en marcha  
    • Dónde y qué pastar 
    • Seguridad general 

     

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  • Tuesday, August 27, 2024 at 12:00 PM
    Canoe Creek Dairy in Decorah, IA

    IOA Field Day: Wholesale Organic Dairy Production

    Come learn about organic, grass-fed dairy production with Parker and Esther Beard at Canoe Creek Dairy in Decorah on Tuesday, August 27 from noon to 3 p.m.

    This free field day includes a scenic hay bale ride, demonstration of the pasture grazing system, and an engaging discussion about opportunities for organic wholesale dairy partnerships facilitated by second-generation dairy farmers. 

    About the farm

    Canoe Creek Dairy's 600 acres have been in the family since 1980, when Parker Beard's parents first bought the land and started converting it to pasture. Nestled in Decorah's hilly driftless region, the farm is particularly suited for grazing. Most of their land is now in permanent cover, which allows their grass-fed cows to harvest a majority of their own feed. 

    In 2003, their dairy operation earned organic certification, marking the beginning of a lasting partnership with Organic Valley. Presently, Parker and Esther oversee approximately 115 milk cows and 25 nurse cows, along with a small assortment of crops, including corn, oats, rye, and a variety of forages. Their farm embodies the essence of a true family enterprise, as Parker and Esther work alongside Parker's parents, brother, and sister-in-law, both at Canoe Creek Dairy and on the family's additional farmland down the road.

    Exhibitors

    • Albert Lea Seed

    Email [email protected] if you wish to set up a table at this event.

    Funding Acknowledgement

    This material is based upon work that is supported by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the program agreement with the project number 15061 titled "Risk Management Outreach and Education for Beginning, Transitioning and Organic Producers". Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the RMA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2024 at 12:00 PM
    Patchwork Green Farm in Decorah, IA

    IOA Field Day: Wholesale Organic Vegetable Production with Organic Valley

    Dive into the world of organic wholesale vegetable production with IOA, Patchwork Green Farm, and Organic Valley at our free field day in Decorah on Wednesday, August 28 from noon to 3 p.m.

    Erik Sessions, Patchwork Green Farm farm manager, will provide an immersive, hands-on farm tour and presentation about wholesale organic vegetable production. Following the farm tour, Organic Valley representatives will lead a discussion about organic vegetable production opportunities and resources, wholesale partnerships and the onboarding process, and information about partnerships with Organic Valley. 

    Don't miss this opportunity to explore new avenues and network with industry experts to diversify or scale up your organic vegetable production system.

    About the farm

    Patchwork Green Farm sells organic produce to the Iowa Food Hub Marketplace, Oneota Co-Op, and other local businesses across Decorah, including their very own Patchwork Green Farm Store. With over two decades of dedication to sustainability and community-building, Patchwork Green has cultivated a diverse array of over 100 crop varieties, including organic garlic, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, zucchini, and more.

    Exhibitors

    Email [email protected] if you wish to set up a table at this event.

    Funding Acknowledgement

    This material is based upon work that is supported by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the program agreement with the project number 15061 titled "Risk Management Outreach and Education for Beginning, Transitioning and Organic Producers". Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the RMA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Thursday, August 29, 2024 at 09:00 AM
    Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA

    IOA Field Day: Seed Savers Exchange Facility and Farm Tour

    Join IOA and the widely renowned Seed Savers Exchange for a free field day at their facility and farm in Decorah on Thursday, August 29 from noon to 3 p.m.

    The field day includes a tour of the the vast production catalog and seed bank, on-site farms, processing areas, preservation garden, and special projects. The tour will end at the Seed Savers gift shop, where guests will have the opportunity to network and delve deeper into the fascinating world of seed saving and sustainable agriculture.

    Don't miss this opportunity to explore and connect with the living legacy of our agricultural past and learn about possibilities for a more sustainable future.

    About Seed Savers Exchange

    Since 1975, the Seed Savers Exchange has been dedicated to the vital mission of safeguarding heirloom seeds and promoting their use in sustainable agriculture. The 890-acre property is home to thousands of rare and heirloom vegetable, fruit, flower, and herb varieties -- many of which are no longer available commercially -- and a hub of educational workshops and events. 

    Exhibitors

    Email [email protected] if you wish to set up a table at this event.

    Funding Acknowledgement

    This material is based upon work that is supported by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the program agreement with the project number 15061 titled "Risk Management Outreach and Education for Beginning, Transitioning and Organic Producers". Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the RMA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Saturday, September 28, 2024 at 12:00 PM
    Rolling Acres Farm

    IOA Field Day: Cultivating Resiliency through Intergenerational Collaboration - Tour of Organic Greenhouse, Straw Bale House, and Farmer Panel

    Roll on over for a free field day with Denise O'Brien and her husband, Larry Harris, at Rolling Acres Farm in Atlantic on Saturday, September 28 from noon to 3 p.m.

    This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore an organic farm and greenhouse, tour a newly constructed, carbon-neutral straw bale house, and learn about the benefits of cultivating resilient organic farming communities.

    True to their dedication to intergenerational resiliency, Denise and Larry recently built a straw bale house to help provide more living space at the farm as they welcome their children and grandchildren onto the farm. Tour the straw bale house and learn about the project from the lead contractor, Jim Schalles. 

    During the program, Denise and members of her community will engage conversations with participants about process of transitioning and operating an organic farm and greenhouse, opportunities for intergenerational collaboration, and challenges and tools to address climate change.

    About the farm

    Denise O' Brien and her husband, Larry Harris have owned and operated Rolling Acres Farm since 1976. They've grown a wide array of organic produce on their seventeen acres through the years -- from fruits and vegetables to flowers -- but what makes their work especially impressive is their commitment to activism and community-building. For example, Denise is the founder of the Women’s Food and Agriculture Network, was a candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 2006, and the former agriculture advisor in Afghanistan. Denise and Larry have also become renowned organic mentors in her community because of their ongoing commitment to sharing land and knowledge with newer farmers. Denise and Larry received the Seventh Generation Award by the Center of Rural Affairs in 2023. 

    Exhibitors

    Email [email protected] if you wish to set up a table at this event.

    Funding Acknowledgement

    This material is based upon work that is supported by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the program agreement with the project number 15061 titled "Risk Management Outreach and Education for Beginning, Transitioning and Organic Producers". Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the RMA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Saturday, October 12, 2024 at 12:00 PM
    Spring Lake Organics in Red Oak, IA

    PFI Field Day: El Ciclo de Una Operación Caprina - Conceptos Básicos Sobre La Salud De Las Cabras

    PFI logo

    ¡Practical Farmers y Center for Rural Affairs se complacen en continuar nuestra serie El Ciclo de una Operación… Caprina! 

    enny Horner y Emilio Moreno están comenzando una ganadería en Red Oak, Iowa. Cultivan en la granja familiar de Jenny, Spring Lake Organics, que incluye 110 acres de heno orgánico certificado. Jenny agregó las cabras a la granja hace seis años para ayudar a revivir la tierra con pastoreo rotacional y forrajeo. Los planes futuros de Jenny y Emilio incluyen producir productos de valor agregado e iniciarse en el agroturismo. 

    Comida: Un almuerzo del restaurante mexicano local La Cascada se servirá después del día de campo. 

    Registro: Para inscribirse para estos eventos y talleres comuníquese al 515-232-5649.

    Ver & Discutir

    • Pastoreo para la producción de carne  
    • Una visión general de la salud de las cabras  
    • Evaluación de los párpados y la composición corporal 

     

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