Cover Crop & Soil Quality Field Day
Saturday, May 20
On-farm field day with Jay Fuhrer, Details TBA
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Multiple Benefits of Prairie Buffers Field DayFree!
Wednesday, August 23
Planting native tall grass prairie as a buffer at the edge of farm fields can provide multiple services from improving water quality and soil health to providing resources for pollinators, birds, predators of pests, and other wildlife. Research from Iowa State University has demonstrated that prairie buffers can significantly reduce sediment and nutrient export as well as improving water infiltration. Come visit a working organic farm that has a recently established prairie buffer. This field day will cover establishment of prairie strips with emphasis on preparation, seeding, and first year maintenance.
Instructors: Organic Valley staff and John Delaney, VSN
Location: Organic Valley Farm, Ho-Chunk Land, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, La Farge
Prairie Strips for Sediment & Nutrient ReductionFree!
Saturday, July 29
Learn how prairie strips can stabilize stream banks reduce sediment and nutrient run-off at the edge of farm fields, improve water quality and soil health and provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. Classroom session and short hike to field demonstration site.
Instructors: Tom Lukens and John Delaney, VSN
Location: Lukens Riparian Prairie Strips Demonstration Site, Viroqua
Water Action Volunteers: Level I Training- BFree!
Saturday, May 6
These workshops will equip you to become a part of Valley Stewardship Network’s water quality team as part of the Wisconsin Water Action Volunteers program. We encourage landowners and community members to learn more about the water in our unique cold water spring, stream and river ecosystems that support trout and other fish and wildlife. You’ll receive training and all the equipment you’ll need free of charge. Water and habitat quality assessments only take about an hour each month – on your own schedule – and your citizen-based data becomes a key tool in our work to protect our area watersheds. Participants can attend one session to complete the training.
Instructors: John Delaney, VSN; Meg Wise, CSP; WAV Volunteers
Location: Mother Earth Green Center, Steuben