Herbs for Deworming Sheep and Goats
Dec
1
9:45 AM09:45

Herbs for Deworming Sheep and Goats

Alternative methods for worming livestock are more important than ever as parasite resistance becomes common. This class talks about different parasites, management techniques and how to effectively use herbs to reduce dependence on chemicals and increase natural immunity. Participants will also learn about different herbs, their effectiveness and how to make herbal formulas that fit their farm. At the end of the workshop, there will be time for questions and answers. Please bring pen & paper for your personal note taking. You are welcome to bring along a snack or lunch to enjoy during that time.

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TRF at Frogtown Farm's Market Saturday
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

TRF at Frogtown Farm's Market Saturday

Join the Three Rivers Fibershed at Frogtown Farm's Market Saturday for organically grown produce, value-added vendors, artists, kids activities, cooking demonstrations, produce sampling and backyard gardening. TRF will be doing natural dyeing demonstrations once a month, so stop by to participate in the demo and purchase some fresh produce grown at Frogtown Farms!

Frogtown Farm’s Market accepts EBT, offers double market bucks and has free tokens for youth to do their own shopping! All activities will take place “up the hill” at Frogtown Park & Farm. The park and farm is accessible on foot, bike, bus and Greenline. Street parking is available around the park and farm - please park on the street and plan for a walk up the hill. There is limited disability parking up the driveway with access from Minnehaha Avenue, and these spots are reserved only for those with low accessibility.

For further information, please contact Frogtown Farm at info@frogtownfarm.org or (651) 600-3414 and check the Market Saturday page for more details: http://www.frogtownfarm.org/market-saturdays-page

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Bundle Dye with the Pasture
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Bundle Dye with the Pasture

Join us for an afternoon of harvesting color from the pastures at Dresow Family Farm. We'll begin the day by discussing natural dyeing techniques, fiber preparation, and go over successful recipes for extracting color from foraged and locally grown flora. Then we'll move out into the pastures and forage plants, flowers, and leaves to roll into our bundles. Once we've foraged our supplies we'll return to prepare our bundles and let them steep while we enjoy our lunches. You will leave with a finished eco-printed reusable cloth bag, a list of resources, recipes, and the skills to plan your next bundle dyeing project. All materials will be included and no experience is necessary. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to walk outdoors. And don't forget to bring a bag lunch and something to do while the bags steep.

Register for this class here.

Maddy Bartsch Bio:

Maddy Bartsch is a fiber artist, educator, and sustainable fiber systems organizer working to bring awareness and action to systems that take into account the true cost and impact of our textile consumption. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BFA and minor in fashion studies, Maddy set her sights on local fiber systems and began working her way from sheep to sweater. Maddy co-founded the Three Rivers Fibershed, an affiliate branch of Fibershed which works to create soil-to-soil fiber systems within strategic geographies, and currently serves as their Director. Maddy regularly teaches classes around the Twin Cities with frequent classes at the Textile Center of Minnesota and at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota where she is President. In addition to teaching and demonstrating throughout the Twin Cities Metro, Maddy works as a contract project coordinator and organizer to help folks navigate their local fiber systems around the country. Her artist practice centers on creating works that hold mindful consideration for content and materials, always asking the question of how her use of materials will either positively or negatively impact the world. Maddy grows natural dye gardens during Minnesota's sometimes-finicky growing season and is always grateful to make new connections.

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Natural First Aid for the Farm
Sep
28
1:30 PM13:30

Natural First Aid for the Farm

Natural First Aid for the Farm

This class is an introduction to using herbs for simple first aid and common illnesses in livestock, companion animals and their human caretakers. Participants will learn how to use some common herbs available on most farms, or easily found in health stores or online, and what their medicinal action is. Handouts will include explanations and a materia medica - a list of the herbs, homeopathy and essential oils covered and their actions. By the time participants leave, hopefully they will be inspired to look at their fields and fencerows in a different light and notice the medicine chest at their feet.  Participants will take a walk on the Dresow Farm and discover what is readily available.  They will also learn to make their own medicinal salve and take home a small tin of herbal salve for their personal use.  This class is not a substitute for veterinary or medical advice or care!  Please dress according to the weather and be prepared to walk off the beaten path.

Register for this class here.


Alethea Kenney Bio

Author Alethea Kenney, B.S. D. Vet. Hom. is a Traditional Naturopath, Western herbalist, Aromatherapist and Small Ruminant Nutrition Consultant for North Central Feed Products, LLC in Gonvick, MN.  She also has a Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy and is certified in equine iridology.  Her book “An Ounce of Prevention: Raising and Feeding Animals Naturally” is available on Amazon.com, Lulu.com and other online booksellers.  

 

She has spent many years working with large and small animals in a veterinary setting and on the farm. Her experiences with the important role nutrition plays in health led her to design her own natural livestock mineral line, Back in Balance Minerals®.

 With her husband, she has farmed since 1996 and now raises various fiber animals, equines, dogs, cats, various fowl and rabbits sustainably on a farm in northern Minnesota, run primarily on renewable energy. 

 She writes and teaches about holistic animal care, herbs, homeopathy and minerals as they relate to health in people, companion animals and livestock.  She also teaches fiber art workshops.

More information: www.borealbalance.com www.backinbalanceminerals.com www.reedbird.com

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TRF at Frogtown Farm's Market Saturday
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

TRF at Frogtown Farm's Market Saturday

Join the Three Rivers Fibershed at Frogtown Farm's Market Saturday for organically grown produce, value-added vendors, artists, kids activities, cooking demonstrations, produce sampling and backyard gardening. TRF will be doing natural dyeing demonstrations once a month, so stop by to participate in the demo and purchase some fresh produce grown at Frogtown Farms!

Frogtown Farm’s Market accepts EBT, offers double market bucks and has free tokens for youth to do their own shopping! All activities will take place “up the hill” at Frogtown Park & Farm. The park and farm is accessible on foot, bike, bus and Greenline. Street parking is available around the park and farm - please park on the street and plan for a walk up the hill. There is limited disability parking up the driveway with access from Minnehaha Avenue, and these spots are reserved only for those with low accessibility.

For further information, please contact Frogtown Farm at info@frogtownfarm.org or (651) 600-3414 and check the Market Saturday page for more details: http://www.frogtownfarm.org/market-saturdays-page

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Caledonia Field Day Followed by a Labor Day Picnic & Ice Cream
Sep
3
10:00 AM10:00

Caledonia Field Day Followed by a Labor Day Picnic & Ice Cream

  • 9379 Sanden Road Caledonia, MN, 55921 United States (map)
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Cover Crops, Companion Crops & The Roller-Crimper

Join LSP for a day of innovation and experimentation in Caledonia, MN! Both Mark Klinski and Bob Mierau are part of a group of Caledonia area farmers who are working to build soil, increase crop diversity and try out new soil health practices. The day will begin on the Klinski farm at 10 am, a car caravan will leave at 11 am for the Mierau Farm and the event will end at 12:15 pm with a picnic and ice cream to follow.

Registration starts at 9:45 a.m. Field day starts at 10 and ends at 12:15 picnic lunch & ice cream after the event (free will donations accepted).

Field Day Highlights:
Roller-Crimper
Spring-Seeded Winter Rye
Wheat Followed By Cover Crop
Interseeding Into Corn

To RSVP, call or email Shona Snater at 507-523-3366 or ssnater@landstewardshipproject.org by Fri. Aug. 31

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Rice County No-Till and Cover Crop Field Day
Aug
24
9:30 AM09:30

Rice County No-Till and Cover Crop Field Day

  • 1355 90th Street East Northfield, MN, 55057 United States (map)
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Join the Land Stewardship Project and Rice SWCD for a Faribault-area crop farm tour to explore observations in no-till, cover crops, and soil health. The tour starts at Mike Ludwig's farm (1355 90th St. E., Northfield) with a stop at John Becker's fields in Dundas, and ends at Tim Little's farm (11811 Canby Ave., Faribault). Ludwig, Becker and Little will discuss their experiences with no-till, cover crop mixes, weed suppression, erosion control, earthworm activity, and an overview of the economics of no-till and cover crops on their farms. The farmers are part of a local farmer networking group who started aerially seeding cover crop mixes into standing corn in September 2015. The farmers will compare and contrast the results of last fall’s seedings on their three different farms.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact:
LSP's Alex Romano at 507-523-3366 or
aromano@landstewardshipproject.org
or Rice SWCD at 507-332-5408 by Wednesday, August 22nd.

Registration starts at 9:15 am (rain or shine)
Please RSVP for picnic lunch to follow
Free-will donations accepted

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Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Raising and Finishing Lambs on Sheep-Specific Pasture Types in a Rotational Grazing System

  • 63326 300th Street Gibbon, MN, 55335 United States (map)
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This field day, which will be hosted by Keith and Anna Johnson of Blissful Bee Pastures, will be an opportunity to share results from their project studying ways to maintain average daily gains in lambs on pasture through the hot summer months with the goal of finishing lambs on pasture in the growing season. The pasture types they designed include a diverse annual pasture with more than 20 plant species, a non-lignifying pasture with a heavy chicory/ladino clover component, and a self-harvested grain finishing pasture with oats and alfalfa/grass mix.

For the project, these pasture, along with a perennial pasture, were rotationally-grazed by their split flock of sheep and average daily gains and pounds gained per acre compared. The field day will include a presentation on the theory behind their project, results to date, and a pasture walk to observe the sheep and the different pasture types.

This project was funded by a Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant competitively awarded through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program.

RSVP to Anna Johnson, 507-240-5004, blissfulbeepastures@gmail.com

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Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Natural Dye Basics Class at Textile Center of MN

Are you curious about the world of natural dyeing, but not sure where to start? If so, this is the perfect introduction! We will start with an overview of the dyeing process and common recipes used to obtain successful results. Then we will try out using multiple methods of natural dyeing including: dyeing with an organic indigo vat, fresh flower and plant material eco printing, and whole-dyestuff vats. This class is designed to give you a hands-on experience with some of the more common methods used in natural dyeing, and equip you with the tools to feel confident in planning your next natural dye project. Beginners welcome! Materials fee $17, payable to the instructor. Download supply list. 

Class fee $85- $95

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Apr
25
1:00 PM13:00

Dealing with Farm Financial Stress

Farmers seeking resources on how to deal with financial stress are invited to a special Land Stewardship Project (LSP) meeting Wednesday, April 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Peace United Church of Christ (1503 2nd Ave. NE) in Rochester. The event is free and open to the public.   RSVP's are appreciated but not required by contacting LSP’s Karen Stettler at 507-523-3366 or stettler@landstewardshipproject.org.

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Three Rivers Fibershed Informational Meeting
May
20
1:30 PM13:30

Three Rivers Fibershed Informational Meeting

Join us at Rocking Horse Farm to learn about what a Fibershed is, the inspiration for the Three RiversFibershed, and to be a part of a lively round-table discussion led by members of the fiber arts community in St. Cloud.There will be presentations, time for question and answer, plus plenty of time for connection. Join us as we share ideas about what our fiber community could look like. 

Free and open to the public. Questions? Email Rocking Horse Farm here

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