A record 3,300 attend MOSES conference

A record 3,300 people attended the 2012 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farming Conference this past weekend. Faye Jones is Executive Director of MOSES, she says the fact it is a farmer-focused conference, “We believe farmers learn best from farmers.” The chance to talk to each other plus attend the numerous workshops… Read more »

Forest hogs, grazing hogs and other happy pigs.

Will Winter became a veterinarian 40 years ago and in 1980 he became a holistic vet. Today he raises grass-fed hogs at Cannon Falls, Minnesota. “You can turn a farm into the Garden of Eden”. He says he doesn’t need to sell people on how healthy pastured pork is, all they have to do is… Read more »

Choosing her future

One thing that really stood-out at the MOSES conference was the number of young producers in attendance. One of those was 20-year-old Sarah Holm, she and her five sisters have Holm Girls Dairy at Elk Mound, Wisconsin. It wasn’t an organic farm to begin with; “We were city people to start with, we tried to… Read more »

Protecting against contamination

One of the concerns faced by organic producers is cross-contamination from non-organic sources. Jim Riddle is Organic Agriculture Coordinator with the University of Minnesota; he says there are a number of precautions organic producers can take to protect themselves. One challenge is pollination drift, in the case of winds, properly-placed windbreaks can help reduce that… Read more »

Yes, you do want bats, “and they’re really cute!”

Integrated pest management is an integral part of organic production and that includes natural controls for insects. If you want to control mosquitoes, you want bats. “One little brown bat can eat up to a thousand mosquito-sized insects in one hour,” says Mary Dussling, “besides, they’re really cute!” Dussling designs, builds and markets Best Bat… Read more »

Thickes named MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year

Francis and Susan Thicke of Fairfield, Iowa have been named the Organic Farmer of the Year by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Francis and Susan purchased their land in 1996, taking on the challenge of healing a worn out and heavily eroded row crop farm. Intense management over many years has resulted… Read more »

Organic Farming Conference has something for every farmer

The mission statement for Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) reads: “MOSES educates, inspires, and empowers farmers to thrive in a sustainable, organic system of agriculture.” MOSES does farmer-to-farmer mentoring, organizes farmer field days, has an 800-number so farmers have access to organic specialists, and partners with other groups on meetings and educational opportunities…. Read more »

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

The MOSES Organic Farming Conference is the largest organic farming conference in the U.S. Organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), and held annually in La Crosse, WI, the OFC is an extraordinary, farmer-centered event. With over 65 informative workshops, 160 exhibitors, locally-sourced organic food, live entertainment and inspirational keynote speakers, the… Read more »