Team of organic farming experts staffs answer line

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. — The Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) has hired Chuck Anderas to lead its team of specialists answering farmers’ questions through the group's answer line at 888-90-MOSES.

Anderas has worked as a certification specialist and inspector for MOSA, an organic certifying agency based in Wisconsin. The line's other specialists include Rachel Henderson for fruit and livestock; Kevin Mahalko for dairy and grazing questions; and Carmen Fernholz, a grain farmer.

Farmers can access the specialist team’s expertise by calling or texting the Organic Answer Line, or submitting questions online at

Farm Dreams workshop set for Aug. 25

MENOMONIE, Wis. — The Land Stewardship Project is offering its next Farm Dreams workshop from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Menomonie Market Food Co-op in Menomonie, Wis.

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs, and get perspective from an experienced farmer.

The cost of the workshop is $20 for Land Stewardship Project members and Menomonie Market Food Co-op members, and $40 for non-members.

For more information or to register, contact Annelie Livingston-Anderson via e-mail,, or call at 507-523-3366.

Registration deadline is Aug. 22.

Iowa State hosts fruit, vegetable field day

AMES, Iowa — The fruit and vegetable research taking place at Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station will be on display during a field day Aug. 5.

Research and demonstration projects tailored toward commercial growers, extension personnel, nonprofit organizations and Master Gardeners will be featured.

Some of those projects include high tunnels, organic vegetable production, pepper and sweet potato production, pest management in cucurbit crops, hops, peaches and beneficial insects such as bees, wasps and pollinators.

The field day runs from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

Registration is free, but required so organizers can plan for supper. Register online at the Iowa State Sustainable Vegetable Production website,

The Horticulture Research Station is at 55519 170th St., Ames.

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