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Farm Tour in Todd County

By Eric Koehlmoos, University of Minnesota Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension is pleased to announce that there will be a Small Farm Tour in Todd County this summer. The Small Farm Tour is an opportunity for small farm producers to interact and learn from University of Minnesota Extension Educators and from their fellow producers.

This year’s Small Farm Tour will take place on Wednesday, July 18th from 2-5 PM at Kleinschmidt Farms. Kleinschmidt Farms is owned and operated by Russell and Jess Kleinschmidt, located at 44910 County 21, Staples, MN. A detailed tour and program with extension educators will take place from 2-4 PM, with an open question and answer session from 4-5 pm.

About the farm

Kleinschmidt Farms features over 60 varieties of vegetables in their outdoor gardens and in their high tunnel. In addition to vegetables, they also have a grass-fed beef herd and a pasture broiler and egg-laying operation. They market their goods through a variety of channels, including farmers markets in Long Prairie and Staples, their farm stand, and to their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members.

Attendees will be able to view the Kleinschmidt’s complex and intensive operation, where they look to maximize production on their available land and resources. However, they use holistic methods to ensure that their operation is sustainable. The Kleinschmidt’s utilize methods like intercropping, sequential planting, strip grazing, and a rotating chicken coop to maximize efficiency and utilize resources.

Speakers
Pest Management in high tunnels: Annie Klodd, UMN Extension
Backyard chicken production: Wayne Martin, UMN Extension
Pasture management: Emily Wilmes, UMN Extension
Russell Kleinschmidt: EQIP program, Farmer and District Conservationist with Todd County NRCS

Registration
There is no cost for the event and refreshments will be provided. Questions can be directed to Eric Koehlmoos at (320)-632-0164.

To register for the event: go to z.umn.edu/smallfarms. For more information about the small farms program, visit: https://www.extension.umn.edu/food/small-farms/.

The University of Minnesota Extension Small Farms Program has the goal to help Minnesota’s small farm owners succeed as stewards of the land. The programming efforts are aimed toward Minnesotans owning 1 to 40 acres, agriculture entrepreneurs of all kinds, and Minnesotans new to land ownership.

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