NEW Sustainable Farm & Garden Tours!
One of our largest content expansions for this year is in the Sustainable Farm & Garden category. We’ll be offering two tours of local organic farms highlighting sustainable agricultural practices, along with and extended soil workshop, and many general workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Below are a few of the new offerings in honor of our 30th Anniversary!
Saturday, June 22nd Tour
Departure: 9:00 a.m. from MREA Bus Stop (returning in time for 1:00 p.m. keynote).
Wooly Thyme Micro Farm
Wooly Thyme Micro Farm is a two-acre farm that specializes in CSA, halal poultry sale, jams and chutneys, and home baked goods. Stay tuned to this website to learn about specific featured locations.
Over the past 20+ years, Jen and John Zach have created a treasure trove of edibles on their few acres just outside of Stevens Point. Included in this movement towards a self sufficient life are a large vegetable garden, small fruits, a few trees in the orchard, chickens, a bee hive and mushrooms. Large flower gardens and prairie areas add to the beauty of the land. This tour will include a discussion of eating year round from the garden as well as over wintering crops.
Sunday, June 23rd Tour
Departure: 9:00 a.m. from MREA Bus Stop (returning in time for 12:00 p.m. keynote).
Black Rabbit Farm
Black Rabbit Farm is a small family farm on the Tomorrow River featuring vegetables, berries, and rabbits, as well as pasture-raised pork, chickens, turkeys, and lamb. Stay tuned to this website to learn about specific featured locations.
Tickets are available for purchase online or at The Energy Fair Marketplace (if seats are still available).
EXTENDED WORKSHOP: Fertile and Healthy Soil in Farming
Presented by: FarmHer Donna, new Turning Pointe Farm
Date: Friday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Maroon Flag Tent
Learn how to produce more fertile and healthy soils, while improving yields and nutritional density. We will cover the basic principles behind using (1) the nutrients contained within seeds, (2) indigenous microorganisms (IMO’s), (3) organic growing practices, and (4) tilling avoidance. We will also discuss when in the season to apply each of these principles based on your plants’ stage of growth. You will learn how to use a refractometer to gauge nutrient density. FarmHer Donna, new Turning Pointe Farm.