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Upper Midwest CRAFT Field Days

Spring Biodynamic Preparations, Zinniker Family Farm Saturday 5/27
Zinniker Family Farm is the longest-running biodynamic farm in the United States. For this year's Spring Prep Day, attendees will unearth the biodynamic preparations that were buried last fall and prepare new ones for the summer months. There will be a potluck supper after. No RSVP necessary!
Vegetable Production II: Brassicas, Turtle Creek Gardens Sunday 6/11
Tour Turtle Creek Farm and explore mob grazing, water mitigation, general field layout & animal integration. Host, Janet Gamble, will cover growing and handling Brassicas, namely broccoli, for market. Followed by a potluck. FREE for Upper Midwest CRAFT members. Click Learn More to Register!
Pasture-Raised Pork, Beef, Chickens, Eggs, & Raw Dairy in the Chicago Suburbs. All Grass Farms, Sunday 8/20
Spend a day touring the diverse operations of All Grass Farms, a 150 acre farm on leased public land located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago just north of I-90. Click Learn More to Register!
The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly of Transitioning to a Grass-Based System. Riemer Family Farms, Sunday 9/10
Riemer Family Farms specializes in pasture-raised, naturally grown beef cattle, Berkshire pigs, chickens, laying hens, and turkeys. Learn how to successfully transition your livestock to a grass-based system from a feed-based system. Click Learn More to Register!
Fall Biodynamic Preparations Zinniker Family Farm Saturday 9/30
The Zinniker family farm was established in 1943 and is the longest-running biodynamic farm in the United States. This a great opportunity to experience hands-on learning and make biodynamic preparations. We will fill and stuff several different preparations and bury them in the soil. Be ready to get dirty! Potluck at the farm after. No RSVP is necessary.
Agritourism, Kinnikinnick Farm. Tuesday, 10/3
David Cleverdon has been farming on Kinnikinnick Farm since 1994 and not only produces certified organic fruits, vegetables, chickens, and goats, but also runs a highly successful seasonal farm stay program. Participants will have the opportunity to see his canvas tents in action, help with the daily farm chores, and learn about balancing the management of a successful organic farm with the many rewards of running an agritourism business. Wood fired pizzas after! Space is limited. Click Learn More to Register!
Quality of Life, Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery. Sunday 11/12
Join the discussion on how to maintain a balanced life all while juggling farming, family, and your other passions! The day will begin with farm tour before transitioning to the taproom for a potluck and a roundtable discussion exploring examples of farmers running into difficulties and overcoming obstacles in balancing their non-work life with their work-life. Click Learn More to Register!