No one knows more about farming than farmers themselves.  That’s why the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition is hosting a series of workshops starting Wednesday, May 25th to help farmers share their expertise.

Photo by Laurie Childs

Photo by Laurie Childs

Field days are free, on-farm, farmer-led events.  The workshops are geared towards people who are just at the beginning of their farm exploration – interns and pre-start-up farmers – but are open to beginning and established farmers of all ages and backgrounds.

The first field day will be at Ploughshare Farm, an 18-acre diversified vegetable and livestock operation in Moiese. Owners Nicole and Cale sell their produce at the Missoula and Polson Farmers’ Markets and through the Western Montana Growers’ Co-op and via that experience, they have gained a great depth of knowledge over the past eight years about how to successfully grow for a farmers’ market. Nicole will discuss crop and harvest planning and will host an interactive demonstration on setting up an effective farmers’ market booth.

Four additional field days will be held throughout the summer, with topics covering starting up an organic orchard and vineyard, producing vegetable seeds, growing weed-free onions, and managing resources on a diverse livestock operation.

For more info on this and other field days, visit http://missoulacfac.org/2016-field-days.html.

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