September 26 (Fri) — Join the Dan Wilson family to see how they are integrating multiple enterprises and generations into the farm at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., near Paullina. The event – “Stewardship at Seven W Farm” – is free to attend and will include lunch. The Wilsons will prepare a main dish, and provide drinks and desserts. Guests are asked to bring a side dish to share. RSVPs are requested for the meal. Please contact Lauren Zastrow at email@example.com or (515) 232-5661 by Tuesday, Sept. 23rd. The day will begin with a farm tour and discussion of Biological Monitoring, an aspect of Holistic Management that helps farmers evaluate their land and determine whether different management is necessary. The tour will include the Wilsons’ pasture-farrowing hog operation. Following lunch, discussion will center around the farm’s small grain production and how this alternative to corn and soybeans fits into the farm model. The last part of the day will focus on a discussion of forage chains and cover crops, and how the Wilsons use both in grass-based livestock systems and organic row-crop systems. Seven W Farm is a multi-generational family farm that includes 540 acres of organic corn, soybeans, barley and cover crops, as well as Niman Ranch pigs, organic dairy, pasture-based sheep, beef, laying hens and broilers. Directions: From Paullina, go 2 miles west on Highway 10, then 2.25 miles north on Pierce Avenue to address 4342. There is a greenhouse on the left (west) side of the road. Look for Practical Farmers of Iowa field day signs along the way.
September 27-28 (Sat-Sun) — Okoboji FFA’s Pumpkin Patch is open from 9 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. They have over 2 acres of pumpkins from which to choose! Pick you own or select from the many already picked and close to the parking lot. The patch is located 1 mile west of the Catholic Church in Milford. For more details, call Rich at 712-338-2446 Ext. 331.
October 4 (Sat) — The Emmet County 4-H Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Glowing 4-H Foot Race” at 7 p.m. at the Emmet County Fairgrounds n Estherville. Participants can choose to a 1 mile fun run/walk, 5K race, or 4 Mile Relay – which consists of a 4 member team, where each member runs one mile for each “H” in 4-H. All participants and spectators are encouraged to come decked out in as much “glow attire” as possible with additional glow items available to purchase the evening of the fundraiser. The Emmet County Cattlemen will be grilling and a meal will be available for all participants, spectators, and the public from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Funds raised from the “Glowing 4-H Foot Race” and meal will go to the Emmet County 4-H Foundation, which supports 4-H activities and scholarships. Register online at: http://glowing4hfootrace.zapevent.com or pick up a registration form at the Emmet County Extension Office, at 26 S. 17th Street in Estherville. Call the Emmet County Extension Office for more information at (712) 362-3434 or e-mail Marcy Sander at firstname.lastname@example.org.