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Organic Field Day June 19 Focuses on Organic Sheep, Pastures

Organic Field Day June 19 Focuses on Organic Sheep, Pastures

New and experienced farmers are welcome at this free event, sponsored by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.

Successful sheep farmer Bonnie Wideman hosts a MOSES Organic Field Day on organic sheep production and quality forages from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at Pine Knob Farm in Soldiers Grove in Crawford County. New and experienced farmers are welcome at this free event, sponsored by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).

Organic Field Day June 19 Focuses on Organic Sheep, Pastures

Raising sheep organically can be a challenge. Wideman will share tips she has learned over the years to produce high quality organic lamb, wool and sheepskins on her farm. She will discuss ways to manage parasites and keep sheep healthy through all stages of life. She uses rotational grazing for her sheep and beef herds, selling products from both to wholesale buyers and directly to consumers. Maintaining the animals on a mostly grass-based diet has required special attention to the quality and diversity of grass and legumes on the farm's pastures and hay field.

MOSES Field Day participants will tour the farm's fields while Jean Stramel from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) talks about how to evaluate and improve the quality of a pasture. Stramel will demonstrate how to use the NRCS "Pasture Condition Score Sheet," which uses 10 factors to evaluate pasture quality, identify problem areas and choose corrective actions.

To register for or get directions to this MOSES Field Day, call 715-778-5775, email angie@mosesorganic.org, or go to http://mosesorganic.org/fd.html. Advance registration ensures there will be enough handouts and refreshments, however, walk-in participants are welcome.

MOSES is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and education to farmers to encourage sustainable or organic agriculture. MOSES Organic Field Days give farmers the chance to learn from experienced peers while fostering connections within the organic farming community. Field Days are just one of the many services, resources and projects MOSES provides to new and transitioning organic or sustainable farmers. To learn more, visit www.mosesorganic.org.

Source: MOSES
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