The press release announcing this field day is at this location.
Also - the questions and topics of the field day got me thinking that some more detail on some things might be appreciated. so, the following blog posts (so far) can be attributed to the field day. We hope they are of use to others:
- A post on irrigation.
- A post on our peak vents for the high tunnel
- A post on one of our top 10 business decisions for the farm.
- A post on one of our "lessons in farming."
The field day was attended by 60 people, the food was excellent and the attendees were a pleasure to have visiting the farm. There were many great questions, some decent answers and wonderful conversations. All in all, we were honored to be able to hold this field day and have the opportunity to share what we do with other interested persons. Hopefully, attendees were able to learn from us - either by seeing what we do that fits their needs or seeing how we fail so they can avoid those same problems.
We thought we would share some photos that were taken by the PFI staff. But, before we get to that - a big thanks to Tomoko, Tamsyn and Chris for all of their help! PFI staffers are the best and are one of the reasons we're happy to keep doing things to support PFI.
|Our youngest attendee - 3 weeks of age|
|You want me to talk or Tammy?|
|Rob tells everyone which direction East is.|
So, if you were an attendee and wondered if there is more. There is. There is always more. But, we covered a little bit of each thing in hopes that you could get some nuggets that were useful to you.
|A Reds cap for Rob (super cool) and an A's cap for Rob's brother!|
|I think there's something on my shoe.|
We've always known this, but we never had it so well illustrated. Rob feels it necessary to gesture when he talks. We just thought you should know.
|That actually looks comfortable. Maybe I should sit, since there is something on my shoe?|
|James says, "Hey, did you know you had something on your shoe?"|
|These people are smiling because they know smoked turkey is on the menu|
Ending the event with a GFF smoked turkey prepared by Chef Chris Meyers of the Savory Spoon in Frederika (along with his home made buns) was an excellent choice. The meal was supplemented by some GFF Bunte Forellenschus lettuce and all kinds of excellent items brought as part of the potluck.
|Oh...what a scary bunch that is!|
|Thank you for attending the field day. Now... adore me.|
Mrranda showed up almost immediately after the last car left the farm. Sandman followed five minutes later. They're response was - "What? Was something going on here? I didn't know."
|Now that's encouraging!|
Of course, there were still numerous things to do to clean up after the event, but it wasn't nearly the onerous task it could have been. Tammy did a great job organizing this part of the field day and those who came were helpful and positive guests. Thank you to all of you.
And, of course, we should also thank people who came in days prior to help us prepare the farm for this field day. Ron Lenth brought chairs from the extension office for us to use (thank you Ron!). The Figura clan, Jo Foster, Erin and Bailey Bartlett and Kieran Cullen all showed up for some volunteer time on Saturday. We managed to clean up the tomato field a bit, knock down weeds behind the cold frame area and slap a little more paint on the granary. Nancy Hasenwinkel continues to help with maintaining the flower beds. It's been pleasant to look at the flowers and not be disappointed in the state they are in. Jeff Sage and Lyndsay Schmidt, two growers in Bremer County, joined us on Wednesday and helped us clean up some of our fields as well. And, we would be remiss if we neglected to point out that Erik, Kieran and Denis - our crew this season, have all done a great deal to make the farm look as good as it could for this event.
Well done all!