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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. 

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2018 Field Days
Biodynamic Spring Prep
Zinniker Family Farm is the longest-running Biodynamic farm in the country. Attendees will tour the farm, unearth biodynamic preparations that were buried last fall and prepare new ones for summer. Potluck supper after activities. FREE -No RSVP necessary!
Livestock Tour
Four farms conveniently located within 10 minutes of each other in southeastern Wisconsin will host guests on their farm. The day will focus on managing various types livestock including hogs, cattle, and sheep!
Chainsaw, Tractor, Small Engine & Equipment
At this field day you will learn and watch demonstrations on chainsaws, tractors and implements, miscellaneous small engines and equipment!
Grazing Planning
At this field day you will tour a multi-generational farm using sustainable grazing practices, hear from grazing planning consultants, and receive consultation on your grazing plan!
Regenerative Grazing & Soil Fertility
Hear from Tom Spaulding about Angelic Organics Learning Center's livestock regenerative grazing practices over the past decade. After lunch visit Farmer John Peterson's fields to learn about his cover cropping and soil fertility methods.
Upper Midwest CRAFT Annual Picnic
All are welcome to the Upper Midwest CRAFT first annual picnic! The day will start by touring two farms and end with grilling, socializing, games, and merriment. Bring your favorite dish to share!
Agroforestry and Pollinators
Take a wagon ride on this field day to learn more about agroforestry and pollinator habitat; more specifically integrating wildlife habitat, with a focus on pollinator habitat, into a farm operation.
Fall Biodynamic Preparations
Zinniker Family Farm is the longest-running Biodynamic farm in the country. This a great opportunity to experience hands-on learning and make Biodynamic preparations. We will fill and stuff several different preparations and bury them in the soil. Potluck and bonfire at the farm after. FREE - no RSVP necessary!
Humane Animal Husbandry
Learn how to humanely care for goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens. We will be learning how to administer shots, trim hooves, use the FAMACHA method to check animals for worms, assessing body condition, prevent common ailments and more!
4-Season Production/Income
This field day will feature a panel of farmers from four local farms who extend their production season. Find out how they do it! Space is limited for this Field Day, so RSVP soon!
Field Day Sponsors
Albert Lea Seed
Albert Lea Seed began is an independent, family-owned seed retailer with 90 years of experience in the seed business. They offer seed for both organic and conventional, non-GMO agricultural producers and a full line of garden seed: seed, independent, family-owned, hybrids, organic, garden seed, Albert Lea Minnesota.