WAPELLO, Iowa — Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice, of Red Fern Farm, will host a virtual field day with Practical Farmers of Iowa exploring honeyberry production on Wednesday, June 24, from 12:30-1:05 p.m.
The event – “Harvesting Fruit and Nut Crops at Red Fern Farm – Honeyberry” – 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 raising fruit and nut crops at Red Fern Farm.
Tom and Kathy are lifetime members of PFI who established Red Fern Farm in 1986 and now grow over 75 species of common and not-so-common fruits and nuts. The farm is the site of ongoing research on a variety of tree crops and forest farming systems; a pick-your-own chestnut operation, along with other fruits and nuts; and container-grown tree seedlings well-suited to the Midwest.
During the June 24 field day, Tom and Kathy will talk about how honeyberries are grown and harvested, as well as how they taste and their profit potential.
The other events in the series will take place:
- Sept 16, which will feature discussion of Cornelian cherries and Asian pears
- Oct. 7, which will spotlight how to grow chestnut, pawpaw and American persimmon
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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