SOLON, Iowa — Carmen and Maja Black, of Sundog Farm & Local Harvest CSA, will host a virtual field day with Practical Farmers of Iowa exploring disease management in their vegetables on Friday, June 5, from 12:30-1:05 p.m.
The event — “Integrating Sheep and Vegetables at Sundog Farm — Pest &Disease Management” — is free to attend and will take place on Facebook Live. To join in, visit practicalfarmers.org/field-days and click the link on the page for this event.
You do not need to be a PFI member or have a Facebook account to participate – but those without an account will not be able to comment or ask questions.
The field day is the first of a three-part series exploring different facets of farm management at Sundog Farm & Local Harvest CSA.
Carmen owns and operates the farm near Solon with her sister, Maja. They raise vegetables for 200 families and graze a small flock of sheep. 2020 is the 25th anniversary of Local Harvest CSA, which was started in 1996 by former farm owner Susan Jutz, who served as a farming mentor to the Blacks.
During the June 5 field day, Carmen and Maja will discuss how they scout for disease in their vegetables and manage black rot.
The other events in the series will take place:
- July 3, which will feature a celebration of Local Harvest CSA’s 25th anniversary and discussion of how Carmen and Maja fill orders for 200 families.
- Aug. 7, during which they will share how they integrate sheep with their vegetable operation, including using sheep to clean fields and graze cover crops.
Guests are welcome to attend all events in the series, or pick the ones they’re most interested in. Details about all three field days are available at practicalfarmers.org/field-days.
The events are part of Practical Farmers’ 2020 field day season, which includes more than 60 virtual events hosted by farmers located across the state, and beyond, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum.
Practical Farmers’ 2020 field days are supported by sustaining sponsors Albert Lea Seed; Barn2Door, Inc.; Grain Millers Inc.; Iowa Sustainable Ag Research and Education; Niman Ranch; Scoular; Sunderman Farm Management Co.; Trees Forever; USDA-NRCS; and Welter Seed and Honey Company, as well as several major sponsors, including: Bio Till; Center for Rural Affairs; Conservation Districts of Iowa; Farm Power Implements; Gandy Company; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; KWS Cereals; La Crosse Seed; Man@Machine; Organic Valley – CROPP Cooperative – Organic Prairie; Pipeline Foods; and Prairie Creek Seed.
— Practical Farmers of Iowa
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