Spring is nature’s way of saying “LETS PARTY!” - Robin Williams -
The apple trees are pruned, the tomato seeds are planted and cover crops are just about ready to be worked into the soil. My own cover crops will have to wait until I return from MOSES Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Farming Conference. My small organic garden in California pales in comparison to the scale of most organic farms across the country, it does, however, hint at what it takes to put healthy, organic food on our tables.
To help those farmers hone their skills, share seeds and swap stories, each winter, regional grower conferences are held throughout the country. I will be joining more than 3,000 organic and sustainable farmers from throughout the Midwest this week at the MOSES conference in La Cross, Wisconsin. It will be three days of in-depth information on organic farming - educational workshops, organic research forums, and face-to-face conversations about tricks and tinkering of organic farming. Several of OFRF’s board members will be leading workshops as they share their expertise in areas including; small grain organic farming, certifying your organic orchard, and organic no-till techniques.
It’s a matter of weeks before the Spring planting is in full swing for farmers. Having a board comprised of organic farmers, OFRF knows the seasonality of organic farming. We know that from March until November, organic farmers are working nonstop to plant, manage, harvest and market high quality organic crops and livestock. So what does an organic farmer do, midseason, if they need information or answers? At OFRF we are working to ensure that our research results are highly accessible to those who need it most.
While I prefer in-person conversations with farmers, OFRF is always online to help farmers when they can’t get away from their fields.
Please let us know what information is most vital to the success of your season.