Early July is the perfect time to get outside and smell the elderflowers! Tour Regeneration Acres to learn about elderberry varieties, best management practices and potential market possibilities for this blossoming crop. We'll end the tour with farm owner, Natasha teaching us how to make an elderflower simple syrup. 3:00-5:00 pm CST.
After a checkered history in North America, black currants are making a strong comeback as a robust crop and nutrition-packed fruit. Visit Saturn Farm, the largest black currant farm in Illinois to learn about the history of black currants, their on-farm management, processing and marketing, ongoing variety trials and breeding, and innovative alley cropping practices. Refreshments and bathroom available onsite. This field day is accessible to those with limited mobility.
The time is right to expand black currants (Ribes nigrum) as a crop in Wisconsin. Farmers in Wisconsin that grow black currants consider them to be viable from an agronomic standpoint, citing the following attributes: extremely cold hardy, able to grow on a wide variety of soil types and a wide range of pH, less attractive to wildlife, can produce up to 6,000 pounds per acre, can be machine harvested, and they hold on the bush to allow for flexible harvest dates.
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Tour Savanna Institute's new home farm with our farm manager and a technical service provider. We'll discuss watersheds and water quality, and you'll have the opportunity to learn how to incorporate agroforestry practices on your land. We'll lunch together on the farm then head to Spring Green to join the River Alliance of Wisconsin for a paddle down the lower Wisconsin river to continue learning about water quality.
Savanna Institute visits Lily Springs Farm to learn more about the varieties of elderberries they are trialing, and how they manage pest and diseases for this up and coming crop. Farm tour begins at 10 am and concludes at 1 pm on Saturday, August 28th. For more information on Lily Springs, visit their website at : http://www.lilyspringsfarm.com.