Wednesday, 10:00 AM-3:15 PM Promoting soil health and fertility on organic farms with small grain/legume rotations and approved organic inputs
Lunch provided. $10.00 Preregistration required by June 9
Mapleton Community Center – Township of Oconomowoc
N87 W35493 Mapleton Road , Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Join Sandy Syburg of Purple Cow Organics and a dynamic group of presenters as we explore use of crop rotations with legumes, manure and other organic-approved fertility inputs to improve soil fertility and crop yields within organic production systems. We will review a variety of field experiments illustrating differing fertility management techniques and products. Learn how attention to soil health using organic methods can build soil while mitigating the negative effects of tillage, resulting in long-term resiliency as well as good crop yields. An OGRAIN event.
- The Farm- Brief History of the Mitchell Farm
- The Farmer –Kevin Griswold
- Farmland Preservation-John Gehl
10:30 -11:30 Gary Zimmer (Midwestern BioAg): Creating and Measuring Soil Health
- What is Soil Health?
- How do we implement change?
- How do we measure it?
11:30 12:00 Matt Leavitt: (Albert Lea Seed): Making a Commitment to Seed Diversity
- Albert Lea Seed – Organic, non-GMO and seed purity pioneer- The History and Future
12:15- 1:00 Lunch & Learn:Thinking Rotations
- How Grain and Dairy farmers can collaborate during these challenging times
1:00- 2:00 field walk,Sandy Syburg (Purple Cow Organics): Nutrient and Yield Changes as Soil Health Improves
- Gehl/Mitchell Farm-Organic Transition Plan
- Mitigating Tillage
- Biology and Mineral co-dependency
- Organic and biology friendly fertility inputs. More than meets the eye
2:00-2:30 Clyde Morter (Farm Power Implements): Tools for Organic Weed Management
- Setting the stage for success
- The right tool for the right job
- All weed management is not metal
2:45-3:15 John Wepking (Meadowlark Organics) & Mike Reiber (Dancing Goat Distillery): Making Your Own Markets and Vertical Integration
About the speakers:
Gary Zimmer is Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Midwestern BioAg. Known as the “father” of biological agriculture, Zimmer is an internationally known author, speaker, and consultant. He owns Otter Creek Organic Farm, a family-operated, award-winning 1,000 acre farm near Lone Rock, WI. Zimmer is the author of three books, The Biological Farmer (Second Edition), The Biological Farmer and Advancing Biological Farming, and numerous articles on soils and livestock nutrition.
Sandy Syburg is co-founder and President of Purple Cow Organics, a recognized leader in the field of organic soil amendments, Syburg, a self-taught advocate for soils, has traveled throughout North America, Central America and Europe learning with and assisting growers through the application of bio-mimicry, advancing the knowledge that the quality of the food we eat is directly related to the quality of the soil. Syburg’s certified organic farm is located in Oconomowoc, WI where he produces a variety of food, grain and seed crops, while innovating and testing potential new products.