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MOSES Has Three More Organic Field Days This Summer
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/23/2015

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, or MOSES, is still holding its series of field days this summer to give farmers the chance to see how organic farming works. While most of the events are free, some have a fee for lunch or a workshop.

The remaining field days will take place at the following locations:

** July 31: Christensen Farm, Browntown - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - This event is an In Her Boots workshop with presentations offered through the MOSES Rural Women's Project. Farmer Katy Dickson has a highly diversified operation with over 80 varieties of vegetables along with raspberries, strawberries, currants, rhubarb, eggs and honey. Morning workshops will cover managing a CSA, growing cover crops for specific benefits, creating a family-friendly operation, and buying affordable equipment. Lunch is provided by MOSES and Organic Valley. The afternoon includes a tour of the growing fields, cover crops, hoophouses and packing system. This event kicks off the Soils Sisters weekend, a celebration of local farms run by women. Soils Sisters activities include hands-on workshops, food samples, craft and canning demos, and farm tours. For details, see soilsisters.wix.com.

** September 10: Standard Process Farm Headquarters, Palmyra - 1 to 4 p.m. - Standard Process grows the pure ingredients for its whole food supplements on a 450-acre certified organic farm between Madison and Milwaukee. The farm's crops include alfalfa, barley grass, beets, Brussel sprouts, buckwheat, kale, kidney beans, oats, pea vine, Spanish black radish, and sweet potatoes. Christine Mason has been the farm's operations manager since 2001, helping the farm grow to be one of the state's largest organic vegetable farms. She'll explain how the farm uses cover crops to enhance vegetable production, organic weed control, and on-farm composting.

** September 15: Riverbend Farm, Delano, Minn. - 1 to 4 p.m. - Greg and Mary Reynolds are the 2015 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year. They own and operate Riverbend Farm where they grow vegetables and small grains on 30 acres that have been certified organic since 1994. They grow about 10 acres of vegetables in a four-year rotation with cover crops, such as mixes of oats with peas, rye with vetch, and yellow sweet clover. They don't use manure, but will occasionally apply compost, bringing in new nutrients. Their markets include an 84-share CSA and wholesale accounts with Twin Cities' restaurants, food co-ops, nursing homes, hospitals and schools. They will talk about fresh market organic vegetables, seed production and saving, farming efficiency, and soil health.

Registration is available online at mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/.

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