Building Farmland Resiliency: Healing the Land and its People Post-Flood
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9 am to 4:30 pm Covenant Pines Camp - 43696 24th Place - McGregor, MN
Workshop is FREE. Lunch is provided.
Because of the land health and land resiliency focus which affects/impacts all farms, all farmers of various enterprises are encouraged to attend. Particular attendance is encouraged for farmers who experienced flooding from the June 2012 flood, regardless of severity or long-term impact.
RSVP: Is requested to help us anticipate lunch needs. Please leave a message with name, contact info, and # of attendees by calling Cree Bradley at 218.834.0846 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS :
DOUG GUNNINK of Dutch Mills Farm and Gunnink Forage Institute of Gaylord MN consults in soil and plant health, animal health and nutrition, and ‘whole farm management.’ In addition, Doug farms a variety of field crops and runs a cow/calf operation. Doug firmly believes that farmers need to monitor soils and plants for health. With an emphasis on improving forage quality, many challenges can be overcome.
DAVID NORTUNEN of Hidden-Vue Farm, Marengo WI, manages 550 acres. David raises grass-fed Red Devon beef cattle and St. Croix sheep. As a way to address land health concerns, David learned about and began utilizing holistic planned grazing. Through a high density grazing approach, along with monitoring and re-planning towards family and land goals, he’s seen his landscape positively transform.
PANEL DISCUSSION: GETTING FROM HERE TO THERE WITH FLOOD RECOVERY AND LAND RESILIENCY A panel consisting of farmers, regional NRCS and Extension professionals, and others professionals will share what they have done, are doing, and recommending to recover from flood damage and to regenerate/build land health and land resiliency. Topics may consist of pasture and hayland recovery, animal health, cropping options for damaged fields, regenerating soil life, cost-share options, fencing, volunteer debris removal, building organic matter, and more! Questions are encouraged from the audience. Panelists represent livestock, vegetable, and forage interests. Confirmed panelists to date: Scott Kittleson, Aitkin Area NRCS, Troy Salzer, Carlton County Extension, Janaki Fisher-Merritt, Food Farm, Doug Gunnink and David Nortunen. Additional invites are pending.
AGENDA: 8:45 am: Arrival and Coffee 9:00 - 9:10 am: Welcome and Purpose 9:10 - 10:00 am: A Way Forward in Stressful Times - Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health 10:00 - 10:20 am: Small Group Discussion around Farm Disaster Response 10:20 - 10:30 am: Break 10:30 - 12:15 pm: Building Land Health for Resilient Systems - Doug Gunnink, Dutch Mills / Gunnink Forage Institute 12:15 - 1:00 pm: Lunch 1:00 - 2:50 pm: Transforming Landscapes through Planned Grazing - David Nortunen, Hidden-Vue Farm / South Shore Meats 2:50 - 3:00 pm: Break 3:00 - 4:15 pm: Getting from Here to There - Approaches and Advice Panel Discussion with Farmer and Ag Professionals 4:15 - 4:30 pm: Resources and Closing
DIRECTIONS: From McGregor, head W on MN-210 for approx. 1.3 miles. Turn N (right) on 230th Avenue (CR-62) for approx. 2.5 miles. Turn W (left) on 435th Street for approx. 1.6 miles. Turn N (right) on 245th Place for approx. .2 miles. We will meet in the Bald Eagle Lodge.
SUPPORT: This workshop is hosted by Lutheran Social Services Farm Core program in partnership with University of MN Carlton County Extension and MN Department of Agriculture. Additional support is provided by the Aitkin Area Natural Resource Conservation Service, Covenant Pines Camp, and Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association.