Ruth and I have just returned from Wisconsin Dells where I spoke to 325 folks interested in grazing their farm animals. It was the 24th annual Grazing Conference that was held January 14-16 and included 39 educational sessions with information on everything from grass-fed rabbits, pastured pork production, to dairy grazing, soil health and much more.
I spoke at their Friday evening banquet and talked with many of these farmers committed to a sustainable approach to agriculture. They are members of an organization called GrassWorks. Go to their website, www.grassworks.org for details of their organization. I copied this from their website:
GrassWorks is a grassroots membership organization that provides leadership and education to farmers and consumers for the advancement of managed grass-based agriculture to benefit present and future generations. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, GrassWorks links farmers with the resources they need to be successful graziers.
I shared some of my stories about farm life when I was a kid, when we pastured our dairy cows, chickens, and hogs, as everyone did in those days. I also talked about what I learned from those growing up years on the farm—and reminded this group, many of them younger farmers with their children along, the importance of getting down their stories of what they were experiencing.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Appears that GrassWorks might have a handle on the future of agriculture—with an ear to “listening to the land.”
January 25, 6:30 p.m. Mt. Horeb Library—History of Cheese making in Wisconsin.
February 2 and 3, Great Wisconsin Farm Expo 11:00 a.m. (Farm Memories). and 1:00 p.m. (History of Wis. Agriculture). Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center, 10101 Market Street, Rothschild, WI.
February 13-14. Garden Expo. Alliant Center, Madison. February 13, 2:15:Wild Flowers, Butterflies, and Other Stories From the Land. February 14, 1:00 p.m. Film: The Land With Jerry Apps plus discussion.
February 23, 7:00 p.m. Phillips Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI. Part of Wisconsin Historical Society Tour program. Stories From the Land.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs, Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, (which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story).Also available is Jerry’s new novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County as well as Whispers and Shadows and his newest nonfiction book, Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street