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Research & Demonstration Farm Update

The transition to organic has begun on MFAI’s new Research & Demonstration Farm. Following corn harvest by the previous tenant, the organic fertilizer called for by the soil tests was applied and after a quick, one-day minimum tillage pass the winter wheat was planted. It is now early November and the wheat has emerged (see photo). This is the first step in the transition process. Next July, after the wheat is harvested, the conservation work consisting of a grass waterway and several buffers will be done. In early August, the land that is not in waterways or buffers will be seeded to alfalfa and will remain in alfalfa for the following three years. Plans are being discussed and will be for the next one-three years for establishing exactly what areas will be used for research, pasture, orchards and gardens. The Board and MFAI staff would like to hear your ideas as to what you see as being the best and most important use for this farm. Please come for a visit, walk across the farm, and think about what can be done to demonstrate explore, educate and advocate for a more sustainable agriculture system(s).

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