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Heart and Soil Farm- ND
August 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We will be having a field day at Heart and Soil Farm on Monday, August 5th, from 6PM-8PM. Our field day will demonstrate a combination of cover cropping, strip tillage and novel biodegradable mulches that were investigated as part of a USDA-Hatch grant (#ND01583) and a North Dakota Specialty Crop Block Grant (#17-372).
Heart and Soil Farm is located at 1474 171st Ave SE, Gardner ND. The GPS coordinates are (47.19844, -96.87982). Traveling from Fargo, take I-29 North to Exit 85 (Gardner). Then travel 4.25 miles east on County Rd 26 to 171st Ave SE. Then turn left/north onto 171st Ave SE for 3.25 miles and the Heart and Soil Farm will be on the left/west side of the road.
Heart and Soil Farm is a diversified fruit and vegetable farm in the Red River Valley and is owned and operated by Ross and Amber. You can find out more about them and their operation here. Ross and Amber visited a field day provided by North Dakota State University in Absaraka ND and became interested in a previous project Dr. Greta Gramig was working on that looked at the weed management and soil fertility effects of applying alfalfa hay onto transplanted vegetable crops. Ross and Amber were curious about developing similar approaches that could be used in direct seeded vegetable crops and ended up collaborating on this current project.
For this project, we look at three perennial cover crop species that are not widely grown in North Dakota and may significantly contribute to soil health. We apply mulches that are biodegradable and can be produced on-farm with waste products like old newspaper. We discuss the benefits of combining cover cropping and strip tillage in short growing season climates like North Dakota, and how the weed and crop response changes due to these management tactics. We planted carrot as our vegetable crop because it is a weak competitor with weeds and requires direct seeding, but such research can be useful for many other crops.
We invite anyone interested in learning and discussion about agriculture to attend, enjoy some refreshments, tour a diversified North Dakota farm and maybe pick some carrots to take home as well.