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August Small Farm Newsletter

Let's.  Talk.  Dairy.  (and about a perennial grain field day)
Those interested in organic dairy production have two field days to pick from coming up.  If you can't make it to one of those, take a look at the organic dairy resources shared below.
Plus, the UMN Extension Women in Ag Network summer tour is going to Redhead Creamery in August.
And, have you heard the buzz about the perennial wheat being developed at the U? Well, there's an opportunity to see it in production and learn more about the research and development happening.
Our website has been updated too, it's worth taking a look.
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Jake Overgaard UMN Extension Educator
Dairy Field Days and Resources Organic Dairy Field Day - Southeast MN Friday, August 4th
Learn from the Nelsons, who milk 90-100 cows on their organic dairy by AlturaFar tour includes a focus on pasture and forage productionOrganic Dairy research update from UMN's Dr. Brad HeinsMor…

Kernza Field Day

by Constance Carlson

The public is welcome to attend a field day and tour of one of the oldest stands ofKernza®in MinnesotaonThursday, August 10. This is an opportunity for growers, processors and others interested in learning more about this new and exciting grain.

As the first commercially produced perennial grain crop, intermediate wheatgrass (Kernza® perennial grain) has the potential to change agriculture landscapes by providing valuable ecosystem services and new economic opportunities. The University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative (FGI) has been engaged in research and development on this ground-breaking crop for several years in strong partnership with The Land Institute (Kansas), where the grain was first developed. 
The UMN and Land Institute research team includes ecologists, breeders, agronomists and food scientists working on everything from increasing seed size and yields to field trials and commercial opportunities. The crop has advanced to the point that early co…

CSA Field Day - July 21

Join us for a field day on Friday July 21st from 9-11am at Golden Bee Acres, owned and operated by Harold and Pam Walz with the help of their farm manager Melissa May.

Golden Bee Acres raise and harvest over 20 varieties of produce and sell free-range eggs at the St. Cloud Farmer’s Market and to their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members.

Golden Bee Acres prides themselves on being guardians of the land raising food with sunshine, water, intelligent design, careful handling and love.

Discover the Walz Family’s story of Golden Bee Acres, see their high and low tunnels, and learn more about the Small Farms Program. In addition, hear from different experts including information on industrial hemp production.

Cost of the event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Register for the event at: z.umn.edu/smallfarms