Virtual events will include background info posted in advance and 90-minute live meeting
Every summer, the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) organizes on-farm field days to give farmers the chance to see how organic farming work and to get ideas they can use on their own farms. With concerns about COVID this year, these organic field days will take place online.
Each virtual event will include background information (podcasts, videos, and more) posted in advance and a 90-minute live meeting with the farm hosts and other experts hosted on Zoom. Participants will need to register to join the Zoom meetings. See details and register at mosesorganic.org/organic-
Do the Numbers: Organic Dairy
June 24 | Bossie Cow Farm | Random Lake, Wis.
Thelma Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker have a small, diversified organic dairy farm in the rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin. They’ll share how they manage their grass-based operation, covering pasture management, conservation practices, pollinator habitat, and livestock health. For the Zoom meeting, they’ll be joined by Jon Winsten, an ag economist with Winrock International and The Pasture Project. He will talk about the economics of grazing and share financial case studies from Upper Midwest dairy farms—from confinement operations to pasture-based farms.
Do the Numbers: Organic Crop Transition
July 8 | Jovaag Family Farm | Austin, Minn.
Paul Dietmann from Compeer is the co-author of Turning Grain into Dough and Fearless Farm Finances. He will talk about how to crunch the numbers involved in the transition to organic row crops.
Kernza® Trial Results
July 22 | A-Frame Farm | Madison, Minn.
Carmen Fernholz has been involved since 2011 in field trials of Kernza, the much-talked-about perennial wheat that was just released for commercial production. He’ll share what he has learned about growing and harvesting Kernza and how it works in his organic rotation. Researchers from the Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota will cover the crop’s ecological benefits as well as the market outlook for Kernza.
Medicinal Herb Production
August 1 | Four Elements Organic Herbals | North Freedom, Wis.
MOSES is a nonprofit organization that provides training, resources, and practical advice to help farmers succeed. Learn more about the services and resources MOSES offers farmers at mosesorganic.org or call the Organic Answer Line at 888-90-MOSES.