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Sustainable farmers to gather for meeting

Published 7:36am Friday, March 15, 2013

The South Central chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association will hold its annual meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Clark’s Grove Baptist Church.

This year’s meeting will feature speeches about soil health for increased crop productivity.

The morning session will include an expert panel featuring Josh Reinitz of Henderson; Peter Hartman, NRCS soil scientist; and Carmen Fernholz of Madison, Minn.

Following a lunch provided by local growers, attendees will hear a presentation by Gary Zimmer, Midwestern BioAg, Madison, Wis. Zimmer is a farmer, agri-businessman, author and educator. Dedicated to improving farming through restoring and balancing soils, this passionate advocate for biological farming has spoken to and worked with farmers across the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and South Africa. Zimmer has evaluated farming practices as a consultant, on his family’s southwestern Wisconsin farm and as president of Midwestern BioAg. The Zimmer family’s organic farms, Otter Creek Organic Farms, include organic dairy, pastured beef and a variety of crops on 1,000 acres.

Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Tjepkema at 507.256.4876,



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