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Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Days

Nightshades Field Day - Natural Farm Stand

Each year we organize a variety of field days with topics focusing on the core themes of soils, plants, animals, and people. Field days provide prospective and current farmers exposure to the diversity of farms in the region through a workshop series that balances visits to: 1) larger and smaller farms 2) organic, biodynamic and sustainable farms 3) new and continuing Upper Midwest CRAFT member farms, and 4) other farms throughout our geographic region. Each field day is divided between time on the training topic, the host farm tour, and social time. 

For a one-page printable version of the 2019 Field Day schedule, click here.

2019 Field Days
Friday, September 27th - Soil Fertility & CSA Customization
Join Farmer John as he discusses soil fertility at Angelic Organics Farm. John will also talk about how he's using CSA customization on his farm this year!
Wednesday, October 2nd - Urban Agriculture & Small-Scale Farming
This is a packed field day that's sure to be full of information! We're teaming up with Windy City Harvest and Advocates for Urban Agriculture to bring you a full day of discussions about urban farming, land access, and small-scale farming!
Sunday, October 13 - Upper Midwest CRAFT Annual Picnic
The Upper Midwest CRAFT Annual Picnic is a chance for all members to get together and have fun! Join us for food, games, and music. If you're not a member, come and learn what Upper Midwest CRAFT is all about!
Friday, November 1 - Extend Your Season With Alternative Income
At this field day, a panel of farmers will discuss ways in which you can extend your seasonal income. Learn about microgreen production, high tunnels, and herb production. You'll also learn about the financial elements and feasibility of extending your season.
Suggest Field Day Topics and Host Farms!
Upper Midwest CRAFT field day topics are selected each fall by our Steering Committee. The topics they select from are based on suggestions made by you, the farmers! Use this form to suggest topic ideas and potential host farms for the upcoming season.